North America Bridleway Repairs 2019

Starting early 2020

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

North America consultation
25 September 2019

User groups walk route with contractor

Representatives from user groups, including horse riders, mountain bikers, ramblers and fell runners, walked the bridleway with the contractor. We viewed where different path work techniques will be used, and saw how the specification is balancing the requirements of users with keeping the bridleway’s remote upland feel.

Digger on moor
6 January 2020

Work begins

Work on this section of bridleway will start during the week beginning 6th January 2020. The work is due to be completed by the end of March 2020.