Friday, 29 March 2013

Discover the Phoenix Greenways

The Phoenix Greenways are a series of linked trails across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, designed to "connect people to communities and places of interest".

The paths link the Five Pits, Silverhill, and Pleasley-to-Teversal Trails. Many of the trails and country parks linked by the scheme are old pits and railways (Pleasley Pit Country Park, Brierley Forest Park etc), hence the use of the term `Phoenix` to indicate that they are being given a new lease of life.

While the paths may not appeal to seasoned walkers, they do have the advantage of being user-friendly for less intrepid souls. The Greenways are generally level and properly surfaced and entrance structures intended to discourage unauthorised use of motor vehicles have been designed to as to allow accesss for wheelchairs, mobility scooters and buggies.

Most of the paths allow use by walkers, cyclists and horse riders, though a couple of very short paths allow only walking and cycling and there are two or three which are for walkers only.

Various bodies are supporting the scheme, including The Forestry Commission, Bolsover Countryside Partnership, Bolsover Local Strategic Partnership and a number of local authorities. From what I can make out, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Councils are the major players and the contact point for further enquiries can be found here ; .

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