The Moors for the Future partnership is about to start the second phase of its restoration work to the ancient packhorse route of Cut Gate, once used by farmers to get from the Hope, Derwent and Woodlands valleys to Penistone market.
The second phase of works will see 3.2kms of trail resurfaced, mostly along Delf Edge near Langsett Reservoir to the junction with North America bridleway on Mickleden Edge, and the Southern End of Mickleden Edge to the watershed at Howden Edge.
Moors for the Future Partnership has consulted specialists from the statutory agencies, voluntary bodies, landowners and user-groups to ensure the restored Cut Gate Path balances recreational, environmental and land management needs and issues. The works have been designed to deliver a sustainable route in sympathy with its upland environment.
The Moors for the Future Partnership has already undertaken several large-scale public rights of way restoration projects, including the northern section of this route at the Langsett Reservoir, in partnership with Yorkshire Water. A specialist contractor who is experienced in the construction of uplanned footpaths and bridleways is undertaking the works.
The route itself forms part of the public rights of way network in the northwest corner of Sheffield. Sheffield City Council and the Peak District National Park Authority are funding the work, with a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund.
Peak District National Park Authority access manager Mike Rhodes said: “Getting the balance right between the different interests on the Cut Gate is very important to us. Whilst primarily we want to protect the conservation and heritage aspects of this historic route, we also want to ensure that the work enhances the enjoyment of the recreational users of this bridleway. Considerable thought and discussion has been spent prior to work starting, to ensure that this will be the case.”
The Cut Gate is one of MBR’s favourite routes in the Peaks so we’ve got our fingers crossed that the trail retains it’s original character and challenge. Find out more at