Stanage Causeway Resurfacing Lunacy

Ongoing work has flattened portions of an ancient Peak byway to make it passable for 4x4s who may shortly be banned from the route anyway.


Posted: 24 April 2013
by Jon

The current state of the lower section of the Causeway - flattened and chipped. Image courtesy of Sue Duke.
Higher up the track, erosion by and, apparently, legal threats by 4x4 organisations are at the nub of the problem.

Have a look at the picture on the left. If you're a Peak District walker, climber or mountain biker, there's a good chance you won't recognise it - it is, believe or not, Stanage Causeway, until recently an atmosphmeric, ancient, rocky by-way that's had a proper hammering from 4x4s.

And this, depressingly, is Derbyshire Country Council's solution to the problem of trail erosion brought on apparently by the threat of legal action from 'a member of the public'. It gets worse too, according to John Horscroft of local group Ride Sheffield, the next stage will be to rebuild the revetments that hold the route in place contructing a totally smooth road that's utterly out of character with the place and utterly featureless and without interest for walkers, runners, bikers and, presumably, 4x4 drivers, who have caused the erosion leading to this mess in the first place.

It could even end up with a smooth track right to the top of Stanage itself, which would be desperately wrong. And finally, to add insult to injury, the completely unsympathetic process is apparently going to cost around £250,000 of public money. Just insane.

Budgetary Constraints

According to Ride Sheffield, the nub of the problem is that the Peak District National Park Authority was planning a sympathetic restoration of the Causeway, but had to hand it over to Derbyshire County Council due to budgetary contraints. And this is the result and all so a relatively small number of 4x4 drivers can get their jollies in the midst of a National Park.

Ironically, given that the work is ostensibly intended to make the route passable for 4x4s, who've destroyed it in the first place, the Peak District National Park is actively considering the option of banning motorised vehicles from the track. You really couldn't make it up.

What can you do? You can let Derbyshire County Council know that you're concerned over what's happening at Stanage using this online form - the more people make their views known, the more likely it is that DCC will reassess the work at Stanage.

You can find Ride Sheffield on Facebook and also at www.ridesheffield.org.uk.


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Absolute rubbish!! I was at the public meeting when members of the ramblers of the horse riding groups complained it was in a dangerous condition. They are the ones responsible for forcing the absolutely absurd level of repair work required on that route. There are many more routes in the peak park that are used exclusively by walkers ,cyclist and horse riders that are in just the same state and in some cases worse. They use those routes without complaint and are advertised as challenging and rewarding!!! Why are they not also being destroyed by the incessant desire to flatten routes in the so called interest of public safety? Why is it perfectly acceptable for mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders to have and publicise challenging routes without a care for for problems of erosion and wear and tear, but on multi user routes where all contribute equally to the problems only motor users bear the brunt of the prejudicial campaigns that are being fuelled by the bigoted articles like these. The hypocrisy of it all is unbelievable! A footpath/Bridleway is repaired yet the same on a muti user route is seen as "destruction of an ancient route and totally out of keeping with the natural environment". These prejudicial reports keep mentioning the amount of money it cost to the public purse , the negative comments are laughable when you look the amount being spent on Kinder. Should that route be closed to walkers due to the devastating effect they have had on the natural environment and the resulting cost from the public purse?
The authorities and the antis are using these high profile routes like porns in a game of chess, they will happily sacrifice them in the short term to achieve there aims.

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 09:15

Your first post happens to be on a 4x4 topic? Hmmm...

We've done this argument time and time again. Let's not go there again, eh?

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 12:50

like porns in a chess game


Posted: 25/04/2013 at 13:23

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