Pennine Bridleway

Pennine Bridleway

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The Pennine Bridleway is a new National Trail under designation in Northern England.

It runs roughly parallel with the Pennine Way but provides access for horseback riders and cyclists as well as walkers. In its southern part, it follows the High Peak Trail along the track bed of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway. The trail is around long; through Derbyshire to the South Pennines, the Mary Towneley Loop and the Settle Loop. The highest points along the trail are South Head Hill in Derbyshire (between Rushup Edge and Hayfield) and Top of Leach, the highest point on the Mary Towneley Loop.


In 1986 Mary Towneley rode on horseback from Corbridge, Northumberland to Ashbourne, Derbyshire to launch the idea of a Pennine Bridleway. This was followed by a feasibility study and route investigation from 1987 to 1990. Finally in 1995 approval was granted for the Pennine Bridleway National Trail from Carsington Water, Derbyshire to Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.

In 1999 Sport England awarded and donated £1,841,876 towards the route from Derbyshire to North Yorkshire and 3 feeder routes from Keighley, Bolton and Penistone. The Pennine Bridleway project team was appointed by the Countryside Agency and work began shortly.

In 2000 there was a proposal for an extension to the Pennine Bridleway from......
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