Ride Sheffield have been working very closely with Peak District MTB to address the issue of the “bog of doom” on Cut Gate. Mountain bikers seem to get most of the blame for trail erosion, perhaps somewhat unfairly. We’re keen to show that we want to act responsibly, hence leading the conversation. Cutgate crosses a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so we are wanting to start a conversation about the continued conservation of 8,000 years of moorland life and build on best practise in upland path management.
We’ve worked together, supported by the Peak District National Park, Sheffield City Council, Moors for the Future, The Outdoor City, Keeper of the Peak and with support from 18 Bikes and Bike Garage, to produce ‘Cut Gate Path: Collaboration, Consideration, Conservation, Action?’ a call to debate the future of Cut Gate amongst the various groups who use it.
You can download this booklet below.
We’ve been invited to share this document at the next meeting of the Peak District Local Access Forum (LAF) in March. This is the next stage in promoting discussion with other user groups and appropriate outdoor organisations in the area.
We’re hopeful this will lead to further support from other user groups and stakeholders and ideally prompt the formation of a working group to discuss the issues further.
This will no doubt be a long process as we advance the conversation, but we’re very pleased to be involved so closely, leading the discussion, not just joining in.
We’d also like your thoughts!