The Hope Valley Link aims to provide a three mile safer cycle route between Hathersage and Hope along the Hope Valley that separates cyclists from the road along the A6187.
It has been included in the Pedal Peak project as a result of a petition which was submitted to us by Hope Valley College pupils and staff for a safer cycle route along the valley, back in 2008.
The new link will connect with the Sustrans promoted Little John Route (NCN 6) which is a strategic connection between Sheffield and Manchester through the Peak Park and is a mixture of on and off road.
The first phase of the scheme to construct a 2.5km shared use path between Hathersage and Bamford was built between February and April 2014, although some more work is needed to complete the signage.
Sustrans carried out a local consultation during November 2014 on options to improve Phase 1 and deliver Phase ll between Bamford and the outskirts of Hope on our behalf to allow both Sustrans and us to get a better understanding of people's transport needs when it comes to cycling, walking and horse riding in the Hope Valley. The results of the public consultation are attached.
It has become apparent that it is not going to be possible to consider all of the suggestions and options properly within the timescales and budget that the Pedal Peak Project is working to. In order to do justice to the consultation and the level of interest and support for cycling in the Hope Valley, members have agreed that officers should put time into designing a scheme or series of schemes, with more widespread local support, which can be used as the basis for bidding for future funding opportunities.