Crowden Footpath works
Well-loved paths that form key access points onto Kinder Scout are being renewed as part of the Natural England Conservation Plans Project. Sections of the path have become eroded due to foot traffic and water erosion, other parts are braided - divided into a network of paths and turf islands. In some areas the path leads over deep peat which is eroded and widened by foot traffic.
The footpaths are being sympathetically restored in keeping with the landscape. 150 tons of stone pitching and flags were flown in during early October when this phase of the work began.
Crowden Tower and Ringing Roger
Footpaths will be landscaped to define the path in areas where the path has become braided. Turf islands in the middle of sections of path will be removed and the path will be unified.
Flagstones will be laid over areas of deep peat to protect it from walkers' feet. It also helps walkers by giving them a firm surface underfoot.
Steep sections are often eroded with loose stones and can be difficult to walk on. Pitching stone will be put in place to ease the way over these difficult stretches, helping out walkers and keeping the path from becoming braided.
Building on previous works at the start of the path onto the Nab, steep sections will be faced with stone pitching and other parts will be landscaped to the redefine the path.
All three footpaths will benefit from improved water management techniques. Water erosion occurs when heavy rainfall runs along the path, picking up speed and washing away peat and soil as it goes. In order to prevent this the new paths will be built so that the crossfall runs down slope - angling the path so that water runs off the path surface. Water bars - channels cut cross-wise in the path - will be put in at regular intervals to take advantage of natural drainage to divert water away.