A 1.4 mile section of the Tissington Trail will be closed temporarily from 7 January until the end of February 2019, to allow surfacing and improvement works to take place.
The Peak District National Park Authority confirmed the section involved will run from the Thorpe Car Park, and end at Spend Lane Bridge. Works are expected to be completed by the end of February 2019.
The closure will see re-surfacing – including the use of 100% recycled, WRAP (Waste Protocols Project) approved aggregates, a widening of the route to support its multi-user status, and associated ditch and drainage works. The temporary closure will also allow tree safety management to take place.
The National Park Authority said: “We have deliberately chosen the quietest period of the year on this popular route, to minimise the impact on visitors. By combining a number of necessary works into the same period, we can also reduce the need to undertake further closures on this section of the trail in future.
“The use of 100% recycled materials is in line with our efforts to move toward environmentally-friendly and sustainable solutions in managing these heavy-footfall trails, and we hope that visitors will appreciate these positive changes from 2019.
“We ask everyone to observe any safety signs in place, and should the winter weather be on our side we aim to make the trail available to visitors again as soon as possible.”
Based upon former railway routes, the Peak District National Park’s multi-user trails are among the most popular in the country, in some cases attracting more than 100,000 users each year.