Mend our Mountains Great Ridge Path Repairs 2019

Work due to start in 2020

Mending a path along an iconic Peak District ridge

Protecting delicate moorland by keeping walkers on the path

We’re delivering a project to mend the Great Ridge path  


Project start date: February 2018
Project end date: March 2021

This work forms part of the British Mountaineering Council’s (BMC) Mend our Mountains campaign.

Separating Edale from Castleton, and the limestone of the White Peak from the millstone grit of the Dark Peak, the Great Ridge straddles the heart of the Peak District and provides a fantastic ridge walk. The path, which is extremely popular with walkers with stunning views of the Hope Valley, is badly eroded by footfall and in need of repair.

About 450m of path improvements, between Hollins Cross and Back Tor, will complement work that was done on the path in early 2000s between Hollins Cross and Mam Tor.

The work is needed to repair the heavily worn and eroded path on the remaining section along the Great Ridge. This will improve conditions underfoot, making the route safer, more accessible and visually in keeping with the landscape. It will also protect the delicate moorland surrounding the route by keeping walkers to the path.

The BMC’s Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign kick started the fundraising for this well-loved path.

Great Ridge funders

Project Funders:

BMC’s Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million campaign

Oglesby Charitable Trust

Ramblers Association

Project updates

Great Ridge before
25 June 2019

Specifying work

We're working with contractors to specify the improvements to the path.

Erosion on the great ridge
15 November 2019

Upland footpath techniques specified

Specifications for the work have been finalised. We'll use a number of traditional upland footpath techniques including flagstones, aggregate path, pitching and landscaping. These techniques have been chosen based on the local geology and to meet the demands of this popular walking route.

Great ridge threaded
6 January 2020

Work due to start in autumn 2020

Work on the path is due to start in autumn 2020