As part of the British Horse Society's annual Access Week 23-31 May, Peak Horsepower, the Peak District bridleways group, is organising a ride to celebrate the return of riders to Long Causeway, the ancient packhorse route that links Sheffield with the Peak District National Park.
The Causeway goes through dramatic open countryside with magnificent views of the Hope Valley and beyond. For over 20 years it has been heavily used by off-road vehicles, making it impassable and dangerous on horseback.
But all that has changed: in September 2014 the Peak District National Park Authority put a permanent Traffic Regulation Order on Long Causeway closing it to all types of motor vehicle. This followed a long and hard campaign by residents and user groups, including Peak Horsepower, all of whom fully supported the Authority in its decision to protect this area of exceptional natural beauty and make it an area for quiet enjoyment of the countryside once again. Derbyshire County Council has now repaired the surface which means that riders can now use it again.
On Thursday 28th May, Peak Horsepower committee members will be joined by local riders on a route taking in the whole length of Long Causeway from Hathersage to the edge of Sheffield.
Peak Horsepower Chair, Wendy Neilson said:
“We wholeheartedly support the Peak District National Park Authority in its action on Long Causeway and other routes making them safe again for residents, riders, walkers and cyclists. There are over 150 riders based near Long Causeway in the Hope Valley. The Causeway is a key route not just for them but for riders based on the West side of Sheffield as well. Being able to use the Causeway again after so many years will make a huge difference”.