There’s a consensus forming against the, currently paused, work being carried out on Rushup Edge by Derbyshire County Council, and it’s good to see support for mountain bikers’ concerns from other bodies. Here’s the latest update as published by Ride Sheffield…
Open Letter to Derbyshire County Council
We the undersigned wish to object in the strongest terms to the current maintenance program on Rushup Edge. In this environmentally sensitive location, which is protected by various national and international designations, ecological, landscape and amenity considerations must be paramount Our main objections are as follows:
- The complete lack of consultation with the Peak District National Park Authority, the Local Access Forum and relevant user groups.
- The urbanisation of the Peak. Tracks and trails within the Peak District are by their very nature, rough and natural. It will be a sad day when every trail brings to mind an urban cycle path.
- The effect on the landscape and the National Park’s special qualities. Wide, flat paths do not sit well in the Peak landscape, sticking out, as they do, like the proverbial sore thumb.
- Expense. In these austere times, should such large sums of money be spent on inappropriate and unnecessary repairs to the public rights of way network?
Ride Sheffield, Peak District MTB, @koftheP, British Mountaineering Council and Friends of the Peak District/CPRE
As you can see, both the British Mountaineering Council and Friends of the Peak District/CPRE have put their names to the statements, two organisations that very much have the best interests of the national park at heart. Although Peak Horsepower felt unable to sign at this time, we have had supportive comments from a number of individual riders.