Muddy good fun in the Peaks

Glorious mud: Muddy but happy, the team show off their work.
Glorious mud: Muddy but happy, the team show off their work.
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MEMBER of local 4x4 and trail riders groups showed that they weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty last weekend (3/4th March) when they joined Peak Park Conservation Volunteers (PPCV) to carry out work on Long Causeway, an unsurfaced road running under the imposing Stanage Edge near Bamford.

The ancient packhorse route, thought to date back to Roman times, is drained at its steepest section by two culverts running under the road but these had become blocked by debris causing water to run freely over the track’s surface. The team worked for two days, in weather ranging from glorious spring sunshine on Saturday to snow on Sunday, to clear out and rebuild the culverts.

Clare Griffin, one of the weekend’s co-ordinators, said “As a fellrunner and trail rider Long Causeway is one of my favourite routes in the Peak District. It was a great pleasure to be able to contribute towards keeping it in good repair, hopefully for generations to come”.

Last summer the group worked with the Conservation Volunteers team to resurface Black Harry Lane near Eyam, and they hope to organise several more such events this year. Clare said “Volunteering is good fun, good exercise and educational”. For more details on how to get involved look at http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/looking-after/ppcv