Work is coming on well on the ‘greenway trail’ on Shallcross incline in Whaley Bridge. The site of the pioneering industrial rail service the Cromord and High Peak Railway s expected to be opened in its new form in November, giving off-road access to walkers, horse riders and cyclists (but not motor cyclists).
Local children have already been eyeing up the greenway, imagining it as a sledging trail – a sort of ‘Cresta Run’.
The greenway is nearly 600 yards long, running from Shallcross Mill Road, near the local Scout hut, on an uphill, tree-lined route to Shallcross Road.
The work, being done by Derbyshire county council staff and contracters, has followed a long period of planning, appeal and consultation processes. The greenway now has a hard surface path, just less than three yards wide, with banked up soil and a variety of natural plant growth each side. An arbour of trees covers most of its length.