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Horse riders set to benefit from new Dales bridge

Posted 19 April 2011
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Horse riders set to benefit from new Dales bridge
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Those keen to put on their horse riding clothing and enjoy a public right-of-way in the Yorkshire Dales will now be able to do so whatever the weather, following the construction of a new bridge in upper Wharfedale.

Until now, wet weather would mean the swollen Mossdale Beck on Conistone Moor would be impassable to riders, walkers and cyclists, but a new bridge has been constructed across the stream to ensure all-weather access.

And the British Horse Society was consulted to ensure the structure is suitable for horses and their riders.

National park ranger for the upper Wharfedale area Michael Briggs said adding a bridge on a public right of way is unusual.

But, he noted: "It will provide access for people who had been turned back in the past when the beck was high."

Riders in the national park may wish to take on parts of the long-distance paths in the area, such as the Dales Way, Pennine Way and Coast-to-Coast walk.