Creating Connections in and around Bolsover
Surrounding Bolsover are a network of paths and disused railways left over from our long gone industrial Heritage. Some of these have already been converted to greenways or cycleroutes , but many more haven't and we want to change that as quickly as possible.
The existing greenway/trail network we have is disjointed and discontinuous and our key aim is to change this for the betterment of all communities connected by them and the people living near them, travelling through them and visiting the destinations along them.
A fully connected network unlocks a larger tourist economy, helps communities get active and enhances their physical and mental health . They provide a safe network for recreational or active travel in safety, segregated from motor vehicles.
Our group aims to collect together the disparate voices of other of users of these trails, including walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those using greenways for active travel, to make change happen sooner through a combination of campaigns, lobbying and hands on volunteering
Our "tubemap" is at the centre of our aims and objectives in creating connections. The links shown are the surrounding settlements and destinations that we see needing priority connections.
Routes are colour coded depending on their current status & condition
Green routes are usable now, are well surfaced and usually well signed
Amber routes can be used now by the adventurous but need developing to meet the ideal standard suitable for safe use by a 12 year old (the litmus test for route quality).
Red Routes physically exist, but cannot yet be safely used
Grey routes don't yet exist, but they mark a line of desire where we want a route creating in the future
Our goal is to convert all these connections to a green line as quickly as possible, for the benefit of the current generation
Who uses Greenways & cycleroutes?
Greenways and purpose designed cycleroutes offer a connection between towns, and to the countryside, safe from motor traffic.
This is especially important for young people, and those less confident in fast moving traffic
They are ideal green spaces to enjoy for relaxation, recreation and to connect communities together
Why do we want more Shared trails ?
Greenways and cycleroutes offer a direct connection to our beautiful countryside
They connect together some of the most attractive destinations in the local area
Most importantly they are spaces where people can be free of motor traffic but offer many more reasons for their existence than just for recreation. The advantages are numerous, sustainable, long term and offer an excellent investment for the future
The amount of evidenced benefits and strategies supporting our case is significant and overwhelming
Ride Bolsover has been supported by Derbyshire County Councils 5 ways to Wellbeing programme
Our projects main aim is creating connections to the places where we live and the places we love
Walking , running or cycling - our trails enable active, healthy lifestyles
You cant fail to spot something interesting on your journey.
Part of the natural environment, part of our heritage, or one of the areas amazing destinations
We encourage the signposting of people to groups that promote the end use of our trails, to try out new experiences
and to meet new people
We are volunteer run, and depend on the hands on involvement of a network of good souls to create and help maintain the trails that surround us