Cut Gate is a legendary route, known by riders near and far as a challenging classic. It’s not perfect though, with a couple of very boggy sections over the top that become almost impassable when it’s been really wet.
We came together with Keeper of the Peak and Peak District MTB to highlight this issue to the Peak District Local Access Forum and other user groups, with the dream of getting some drainage work done. This was more than a little successful, with user groups all agreeing with us and coming together to fundraise as part of the BMC’s Mend our Mountains campaign.
The funding target has been achieved and work should be completed during 2020/2021. This will involve sections of flag work, small clapper bridges and most importantly, drainage to move water away from the track.
The Cut Gate campaign has been a hugely successful one, with some great teamwork between different managers and user groups. A big thank you goes to Moors for the Future, Peak District National Park Authority, The BMC, Peak District MTB, Keeper of the Peak, Peak Horsepower, Dark Peak Fell runners, Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Sheffield City Council Rights of Way dept.