New pathway helps protect fragile moorland

23 June 2016

Hundreds of tonnes of reclaimed flagstones from old mills have been given a new lease of life helping to safeguard the moorland landscape.

The Rosendale flagstones are being laid to create a pathway and help significantly reduce erosion and limit future damage to this fragile habitat.

The work on a footpath at Brown Knoll, (Kinder Scout) running from Rushup Edge up to the Brown Knoll trig point, will see a path of 2770 metres in length created to protect the exposed bare peat from further erosion.

We are working with Natural England, the National Trust and a private landowner to deliver the project.

The work is needed due to the popularity of the path which has led to the exposure of bare peat. By creating a sustainable pathway the peat underneath is protected.

A total of 1667 metres of the footpath was completed before work halted for the bird nesting season. Work will resume later in the summer.

Delivery of further materials, needed to complete the works, is due to take place in mid-July.

In early August materials will begin to be airlifted onto site before the remaining 1100 metres of flagstones are laid by hand.

The footpath is due for completion mid to late September

 

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