Significant work has started in Shirebrook and Scarcliffe on redeveloping the Archaeological Way which aims to link the communities it passes to services and provide a safe way for families to access the countryside.
Work to link the Langwith branch line to Poulter Country Park began on Tuesday to create a three metre wide multi-user trail and install a bridge over the A632 at Langwith.
The link will form part of the Archaeological Way, an 11-mile multi-user trail between Pleasley Pit Country Park and Creswell Crags.
Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport said: “The Archaeological Way will help to regenerate the communities the trail passes through and promote exercise and tourism.
“Once complete it will give local people the chance to get to local places easily and safely.”
The Archaeological Way is the largest scheme of the Limestone Journeys project which secured £1.9 million from Heritage Lottery Fund in 2011 to deliver a five year plan of environmental and community projects.
The overall cost of the project is £691,000 which has come from the Local Transport Plan, Heritage Lottery Fund and European Regional Development Fund.
Work is expected to be completed by December 2014 and open to the public by February 2015.
The final missing links of the trail from Pleasley Vale to south of Shirebrook and Poulter Country Park to Creswell will be finished once further funding has been found.
The project is managed by the Bolsover Countryside Partnership with support from Derbyshire County Council.