Signpost on the Pennine Bridleway, Austwick

B2 – Long-distance routes

B2.   Maintain and promote the Pennine Trails and other recognised long-distance routes, identify opportunities for new multi-user routes, and campaign for the Coast-to-Coast path to become a National Trail by 2024.

Rationale: Multi-day routes that pass through the National Park’ include two National Trails (Pennine Way and Pennine Bridleway) and significant regional routes (notably the ‘Dales Way’ and the ‘Coast-to-Coast’).  The busiest sections of these routes (e.g. at Malham Cove) are used by an average of over 8,000 people per month at peak times.  Between 3,000 and 5,000 people walk the whole of the Coast-to-Coast each year, with around 4,000 people completing the Dales Way.  There are opportunities to make better use of these routes by a wider range of users – increasing enjoyment of the National Park and supporting the local economy.

Lead partner:  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Supporting partners:  Natural England; North Yorkshire County Council; Cumbria County Council; Lancashire County Council; Dales Way Association; Wainwright Society; Pennine National Trails Partnership

Further information: Pennine Bridleway; Pennine Way; Coast-to-Coast;  Dales Way  National Trails

Cost over 5 years:  £2,200,000 (existing National Trails) £???? (Coast-to-Coast path if designated)

Funding shortfall:   £660,000.  Each year a significant amount of external funding is raised to assist with the delivery of the maintenance and enhancement of the Pennine Way and Pennine Bridleway. Each individual Authority receiving a grant has to contribute on average a further 30%. 

Related objectives: B1; B9; E2

Ecosystem services:    Recreation; A sense of place and inspiration; A sense of history.

Trade-offs: The popularity of national trails has the potential to have impacts on tranquillity (A2); priority habitats (C1) and species (C2).  Management and mitigation of these are guided by principles set out in the Special Qualities, Special Experiences document.

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