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The Steel Valley Project has an extensive history of partnership with Sheffield City Council Public Rights of Way (PRoW) Unit.

As well as undertaking contract works to maintain and improve priority public footpaths and bridleways, the SVP works in partnership to develop access projects on specific sites.

Whitwell Moor is one example of such partnership projects. The site is situated near Bolsterstone Village on the edge of the Peak District National Park and is well used by walkers accessing the view afforded at the nearby trig point.







The site is dominated by low land heath, a sensitive habitat that is very important for wildlife. The existing route was becoming increasingly braided as walkers avoided muddy areas as they developed.


The SVP was asked to work with the landowner and tenant farmer to develop an acceptable design for installing a surfaced footpath that could service heavy usage by walkers but would not be intrusive in the local landscape and would minimise disturbance to wildlife.

An agreement was reached where an existing public footpath could be surfaced to an acceptable specification.






To achieve this, the SVP with its team of volunteer trainees, cleared an estimated 15 tonnes of Beech trees and overhanging branches using chainsaws and tree climbing equipment. This was removed by the tenant for firewood.

Once this phase was completed, a contractor was selected by tender and managed by the SVP to work to the specifications developed. The contractor was funded by monies managed by SCC PRoW Unit.


The benefit of this approach was that both the SVP and PRoW Unit where able to combine resources to maximum effect.

The SVP was able to use funds to match those of the PRoW Unit to achieve a significant access project

With the SVP being based locally also meant that regular visits were maintained by the SVP to manage the project and support the contractor and other parties, reducing a round trip of 20 miles for PRoW Officers from Sheffield City Centre.

Examples of other partnership projects between the SVP and the PRoW Unit include:

  • Installing improved access points on land designated under the Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000.
  • Establishing new public rights of way on sites such as Handsworth and Storth Farms in Bradfield.
  • Facilitating the development of an easy going trail in Parsonage Farm.
  • Wharncliffe Gateway: upgrading links to the Trans Pennine Trail whilst designing out inappropriate behaviour by motor cycles, quad bikes and fly tippers.

Whitwell Moor

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