Encouraging people to explore the area sustainably. The trails will provide links and routes to promote the woodland heritage and key points of interest.
Visit the project page to find out more about the trails.
The Greenwood Trails project aims to encourage people to explore the natural and cultural heritage of the area Rusland Valley sustainably through a series of self-guided trails. The trails will use the existing rights of way network and quiet lanes within the area, in addition to looking for opportunities where there are gaps in the network. The routes will be circular and aim to start from existing car parks, or link to visitor attractions in the area to extend people’s stay. The first of the Greenwood Trails has now been completed and the second one will be finalised n May 2018:
Greenwood Trail 1: Old Hall Farm to Rusland Moss and Hay Bridge
Greenwood Trail 2: Haverthwaite Heights to Abbots Reading
Greenwood Trail 3: The Bobbin Mill to High Dam, Yewbarrow and Finsthwaite
Greenwood Trail 4: Oxen Park to Bethecar Moor
There is a long tradition of routes through the area that were used to transport timber, and other woodland produce down from the woodlands to the urban centres and the coast. There are also several packhorse routes that were developed through the area to link communities and churches.
We will be developing these trails by:
- Improving the rights of way network on the ground with our apprentices and volunteers from the local community.
- Working with our apprentices to conserve prime landscape features along the trails.
- Promoting the trails on the ground through specifically waymarked routes.
- Developing self-guided trail leaflets and online information to guide people through the area with volunteers from the local community.