For a long time we have been out of the loop when it comes to being involved in the development and maintainance of the rights of way network as well as the countryside in general. However in the past year or so we have started to get asked our opinion on things more and more. Sometimes that takes the form of asking Ride Sheffield for advice, but sometimes we get asked to canvas the wider mountain biking community. So here are several opportunities for you to use your voice and influence changed made to our rights of way.
Something worth bearing in mind when having this type of forum is to not go down the everything must cater for mountain bikers etc, as our experience from other meetings, it is the groups who take this approach tend to make very little useful headway! It is also worth noting that the ROWIP’s have a big influence on the work that is done on the ground, and it is the lack of consultation with mountain bikers for the last Sheffield ROWIP that led to the smooth multi user bridleways.
Derbyshire Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP)
From the start of 2012, the National Trust has been working with our farming and other game managing tenants as well as a wide range of stakeholders, including local communities and users of the area, to produce the ‘High Peak Moors Vision and Plan’ which will create a vision and guide the management of the High Peak Moors in the Peak District over the next 25 years. It is hoped to finish the Vision and Plan by early 2013.