The iconic Rushup Edge trail in the Peak District has been at the centre of a war between Derbyshire County Council and mountain bikers for the past two years.
And now – following an initial failed attempt – DCC has revised its consultation plans to resurface parts of the Rushup Edge Trail.
The consultation ends on November 28th and while the campaigning groups are all putting in official responses, the real power has come from regular riders themselves pushing back on DCC.
The council listed these reasons for the potential work being carried out:
- To avoid continuous erosion of the surface.
- To manage water during periods of heavy rain.
- To provide a sustainable surface for the use of the public.
Work began on the Peak District site in October 2014 and has since faced strong opposition from mountain bikers and outdoor groups. It was halted following pressure from riders and written concern from Andrew Bingham MP for High Peak, but soon after the council carried on with the trail destructive work. In November of the same year, the DCC stopped and agreed to discuss.
You can read all that Singletrack has covered on the Rushup Edge situation by clicking here.
The consultation is now in its final days and your support is needed. The mountain bike community (as well as other outdoors groups) have rallied together in numbers so far and now a final push is needed to make sure one of the UK’s most iconic trails is not lost.
The ST forum has been discussing the ongoing situation in this pretty meaty thread here.