North America Bridleway Repairs 2019

Starting late autumn 2019

Protecting precious blanket bog from erosion

Improving access to a popular moorland

We're delivering a project to mend a section of North America bridleway on Midhope Moor

Project start date: February 2018
Project end date: March 2020

The bridleway, which forms a loop, is popular with walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers.

North America Farm, from which this bridleway gets its incongruous name, is an abandoned farmstead on the Langsett moors. It was destroyed during the Second World War by being used for target practice by tanks on the Midhope tank range.

The route forms a smaller circular route with the iconic Cut Gate bridleway, which was a pack horse route across the Pennines and is now an important recreational route, particularly for cyclists.

Creating sustainable surfaces on moorland paths is critical to preventing damage to the adjacent moorland. This route is widening to several metres in places, damaging precious blanket bog habitat.

Work will include creating a permanent path surface using a variety of techniques, following a full consultation with user groups.

It will also protect the surrounding precious blanket bog moorland by providing a dedicated route.

North America bridleway funders

Project Funders:

Sheffield City Council

Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership - Heritage Lottery funded

East Peak Innovation Partnership