This work forms part of the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) Mend our Mountains campaign.
Separating Edale from Castleton, and the limestone of the White Peak from the millstone grit of the Dark Peak, the Great Ridge straddles the heart of the Peak District and provides a fantastic ridge walk. The path, which is extremely popular with walkers with stunning views of the Hope Valley, is badly eroded by footfall and in need of repair.
About 450m of path improvements, between Hollins Cross and Back Tor, will complement work that was done on the path in early 2000s between Hollins Cross and Mam Tor.
The work is needed to repair the heavily worn and eroded path on the remaining section along the Great Ridge. This will improve conditions underfoot, making the route safer, more accessible and visually in keeping with the landscape. It will also protect the delicate moorland surrounding the route by keeping walkers to the path.
The BMC’s Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign kick started the fundraising for this well-loved path.
BMC’s Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign
Oglesby Charitable Trust
We're working with contractors to specify the improvements to the path.
Specifications for the work have been finalised. We'll use a number of traditional upland footpath techniques including flagstones, aggregate path, pitching and landscaping. These techniques have been chosen based on the local geology and to meet the demands of this popular walking route.
Work on the path is due to start in autumn 2020