Meet the people bringing life back to the Peak District moors on a BMC evening walk

The hills at the heart of northern England are gradually changing from barren badlands into healthy and beautiful upland environments. Join Moors for the Future and BMC volunteers for an evening stroll to learn more about how.

It wasn’t so long ago that the moors of the Peak District were known as intimidating and ecologically bereft wastelands, with much of their life stripped away by pollution and overgrazing.

In the 1960s, the writer and walker John Hillaby described the Kinder Scout plateau, the symbolic heartland of the right to roam, as “a land at the end of its tether.” Alfred Wainwright called Black Hill “a desolate and hopeless quagmire… this is peat naked and unashamed.”

But in more recent times this has been changing. The highest parts of the Peak District have been the focus for one of the UK’s most significant acts of natural regeneration, a £32 million effort spearheaded by the Moors for the Future partnership and the National Trust, which is gradually turning barren badlands into lush upland environments.

The work should gladden the heart of anyone who values the experience of walking or climbing in these places, which provide a wild refuge in striking proximity to some of England’s biggest cities. But it also provides huge benefits to wider society: improving water quality, preventing wildfires and enhancing carbon storage, to name a few.

To help recreational users understand this work better and gain an insight into how it is changing the experience of being on the moors (have you noticed those plastic dams blocking gullies, or wondered what those white dumpy bags are for?) the BMC Peak Area is joining up with Moors for the Future to lead an ‘after work’ evening walk on Tuesday June 27.

Starting shortly after 6.30 pm and making use of extra daylight hours, the walk will head from Snake Pass summit (O.S. grid ref. SK 087 929) on and sometimes off-path, to visit the scene of some of the Moors for the Future Partnership’s recent work. 

Although relatively short, participants should come prepared for a little rough and possibly wet ground plus the possibility of walking into darkness (head torches essential) should unplanned delays occur.

Please let the BMC Peak Area Hill Walking Volunteer Representative Peter Judd know if you are interested in coming along to what promises to be a fascinating experience, by sending him an email.

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