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Walker hot spot set for improvements

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6 JAN

Walker hot spot set for improvements

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

A much-visited site, which is popular among walkers in the Moorlands, could be in line for several revamps. Thor’s Cave near the village of Wetton has seen a significant uptick in visitors since the start of the pandemic.

A much-visited site, which is popular among walkers in the Moorlands, could be in line for several revamps.

Thor’s Cave near the village of Wetton has seen a significant uptick in visitors since the start of the pandemic.

However, a main footpath’s condition has deteriorated as a result, which has led to people straying from the route.

Furthermore, the concessionary right-of-way footpath, which leads from the village itself, has experienced extended areas of erosion.

The description of a planning application submitted to the Peak District National Park Authority by Devonshire Maintenance Fund trustees asks for the creation of steps and the improvement of surfacing. It additionally asks for “installation of new access furniture.”

In a supporting statement within the application, Charlotte Leech, Deputy Estate Manager at Chatsworth, said: “Visitors also want to access the head of Thor’s Cave, which has limited formal access and visitors do not remain on the designated route.

“The access is currently steep and there is a large scar of erosion from visitors.

“This planning application will be supported by an application to extend the public access to the top of Thor’s Cave to open access land.”

She added that the improvement of people managing is required in order to reduce erosion, in light of some of the area being a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

She concluded: “I was approached by the Peak District National Park Ranger Service to discuss how we could best manage people pressures in this area.

“The planning application is supported by Rose Clarke the Area Ranger.

“If successful the proposed work will result in a FIPL (Farming in Protected Landscapes) application and this is supported by Rebekah Newman – PDNPA farm advisor and Sue Smith – PDNPA Access and rights of way officer.”

A screening opinion signed off by a planning manager in December said that an Environmental Impact Assessment is not needed as the plans do not have a significant affect on the environment due to its characteristics, location and potential impact.

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