Rushup Edge consultation – our response

Derbyshire County Council’s consultation on repairs to Chapel-en-le-Frith Byway Open to all Traffic AKA Chapel Gate – known to us as Rushup Edge – closes on Tuesday July 10th.

If you’ve not yet let Derbyshire County Council know that you think to their plans, you only have a couple of days to do so. Don’t delay. Click on this link and fill in the online questionnaire. We’ve included our response below, and a quick summary of what we think.

Rushup consultation – Peak District MTB response July 7th


  • We agree that work is required on the top section which is boggy.
  • We do not agree that work is required on the descent section.
  • The scale and methods of work proposed on the descent section are inappropriate.
  • We believe a more cost-effective, sustainable and acceptable outcome could be achieved by using specialist contractors using minimal repairs to sections where a justifiable reason is given for the work and solution the appropriate to that reason.
  • We belive that the quarried rock placed in 2014 must be removed.
  • We believe the £152,000 this will cost taxpayers could be better spent on this route and on other rights of way to improve accessibility and enjoyment.

This is a great opportunity for us mountain bikers to make our voices heard. The Rushup Edge saga is coming up for four years old, so let’s – collectively – make it a success story for us. Get involved whilst there’s still time.


By all means use our comments and feedback for inspiration for your own response, but please don’t copy and paste; Derbyshire County Council will likely disregard copied responses.


Peak District MTB

8 July 2018