Anyone investing in new walking boots
with plans to take on Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk this summer may be pleased to learn that a damaged section of the route is being repaired.
Farmers and landowners in Swaledale have been at work fixing a riverside path that was damaged last year when the Swale burst its banks after heavy rain and melting snow caused flooring in December 2011.
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority area ranger for Swaledale and Arkengarthdale said: "The December floods devastated Swaledale and badly affected many sections of footpaths.
"Working hand in hand with the farmers and landowners affected, we can hopefully bring these paths back into use for the summer season."
He said problems have also been caused by rabbits, who have been digging extensively around the riverbank.
The Coast-to-Coast walk starts at St Bees Head in Cumbria and crosses to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire, a 192-mile route passing through three national parks.
Previous problems with the route included the collapse of a section of path running along the sea cliffs near the start of the walk.