The work of Derbyshire County Council's rights of way team and the authority's investment in improvements in footpaths has been praised by the Peak District Local Access Forum.
The group met up with Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, and officers from the rights of way team at the site of a recently improved footpath just outside the High Peak.
The council spends around £1 million a year on maintaining and improving footpaths and bridleways across Derbyshire.
The Peak District Local Access Forum advises the National Park Authority and Derbyshire County Council on access improvements to the countryside of the Peak District.
Its members bring experience of a broad range of interests including walking, cycling, horse riding, farming, land management, conservation, and local business.
Charlotte Gilbert, the group’s vice chair, said: “We appreciate all the work and investment that Derbyshire County Council put into the public rights of way network, which is one of the crown jewels of Derbyshire.
“The investment from the council makes a real difference that will benefit Derbyshire residents and visitors alike for many decades.”
Councillor Lewis added: “It was wonderful to meet with members of the access forum and look at one of our recently completed jobs.
“We know how important a well-maintained network of footpaths is for those who live, work and visit our county, and the work we carry out aims to keep them all fit for purpose.”
DCC leader Cllr Barry Lewis, right, pictured on the footpath with: (left to right) Martin Bennett, Peak District Local Access Forum; DCC’s Rob Greatorex; Jeremy Kenyon, PDLAF; Charlotte Gilbert, PDLAF and DCC’s Steve Hollinworth.