Mend Our Mountains Cut Gate Bridleway Repairs 2019

Work started in autumn 2020

Protecting blanket bog and wildlife habitat

Improving access across and amazing moorland wilderness

We’re delivering a project to mend Cut Gate Bridleway including the notorious ‘Bog of Doom’ on Midhope and Howden moors. 


Project start date: February 2018
Project end date: March 2021

This work forms part of the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign.

The bridleway, which connects the Derwent and Little Don valleys between Ladybower and Langsett reservoirs, is popular with walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers.

The route is thought to have been used for over a thousand years and has more recently become recognised as a classic in the mountain biking world. It also forms part of the promoted long distance horse riding route ‘Kinder Loop’.

Although much of the route is passable all year round, three sections at the highest points are prone to flooding and saturation of the ground. This results in people taking a wide berth to avoid muddy pools, which leads to erosion. The path improvements will improve accessibility for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.

It will also protect the surrounding precious blanket bog moorland and wildlife habitat by providing a dedicated route.

Funding for the project was a partnership effort with user groups from the walking, horse riding and mountain biking communities coming together to advocate for improvements to the much-loved route. Funding was kick-started by the BMC’s Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign.

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Cut Gate Funders

Project Funders:

European Outdoor Conservation Association
Peak Horsepower
PDNPA
BMC Mend Our Mountains campaign
East Peak Innovation Partnership
Sheffield City Council
Keeper of the Peak
Ride Sheffield
Peak District MTB
British Horse Society

Project updates

Cut Gate after restoration works
13 April 2021

Project Works Complete

The work to restore Cutgate Bridleway been completed. A total of 775m of bridleway has been restored and water management features installed to improve access and protect the sensitive moorland environment. We would like to thank all the funders and stakeholders who contributed to the success of this project.

The bog of doom with new flagstones
4 February 2021

Flagstones on three main boggy areas

The weather and Covid-19 have caused significant challenges for this work, but the materials have all been airlifted in and the three main ‘boggy’ areas have had flagstones laid. The contractors will be working on water management  on the tops of Cut Gate until the middle of February, before spreading top dressing stone on the wetter sections near Margery Hill.

A section of the path before works
7 December 2020

Start confirmed for rest of Cut Gate

The Cut Gate works planned for the tops (on stretches between Margery Hill and Mickleden Edge) will start before Christmas. This work will mainly address the three boggy areas and a few stretches in between, while keeping the remote upland path feel.

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7 December 2020

Progress update

Work on the stretch between Slippery Stones and Howden Edge is progressing well, with some machine path work and some hand-installed stone fords completed. There is a stretch towards the top of the hill where the surface is quite wet (pictured) and will either take some time to dry off or some additional stone may need to be applied.

Rutted path on Howden Edge
4 November 2020

Work begins

Work on the lower stretch of Cut Gate bridleway, between Slippery Stones and Howden Edge, will start on 9th November 2020. The need for these works was highlighted during the user group consultations last year and in consultation with the National Trust since, and we’re very pleased to be able to include them in this project thanks to the project funders. The work on this stretch is due to completed by mid-December.

Cut Gate erosion
6 January 2020

Work due to start in autumn 2020

Work on the project is due to start in autumn 2020. The photo shows how wide the path has become in places.

17 September 2019

Users react positively to plans

User group representatives, including horse riders, mountain bikers, ramblers and fell runners, walked the bridleway with the contractor. We viewed where different path work techniques will be used, and saw how the specification is balancing the requirements of users while keeping the bridleway’s remote upland feel.

Cut Gate Bog of Doom
25 June 2019

Specifying work

Moors for the Future Partnership are working with contractors to draw up the specification. The next step will be consultation with user groups in summer 2019.

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