New refreshment stop proposed for visitors to the scenic Manifold Trail

The Manifold Valley Trail passing Ecton Mill

THE thousands of walkers and cyclists who flock to the Manifold Trail each year could have a new venue to take refreshment on their travels along the scene route.

Plans have been tabled for a café at Brown End Farm, Waterhouses, which stands adjacent to the trail and has been operating as a cycle hire centre for more than 20 years.

The new facility, proposed by the new owners of the site, would add to the Wetton Mill Tea Rooms located further down the trail heading towards Hulme End from Waterhouses.,

The planning statement submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council reads: “The proposed building will be used in association with the existing cycle hire business operating from the site to provide a café, shop and improved WC and shower facilities.

“The use will remain ancillary to the current use of the site and provide an improvement to the current facilities on offer to visitors.

“Implementation of this scheme will provide improved facilities for users of the Manifold Trail and provide additional employment.

“By supporting, small scale development, the Authority can achieve enhancement whilst supporting the improvement and expansion of an existing, well establish tourism service business located in a prominent position at the start of the Manifold Trail.”

The application will also need to gain the approval of the Peak District Park planners.

The public have until January 9  to submit their views on the proposals. ��