Those donning a riding hat
and heading for the Yorkshire Dales will be among the beneficiaries of a new bridge that is being built across the River Ribble.
A joint project by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Natural England is seeing the structure put in place on the route of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail, meaning that dry crossings are now possible instead of fording.
The timber bridge will cross the watercourse near Selside as part of a new 2.5 mile stretch of bridleway that will link two existing routes.
As well as horse riders, those on mountain bikes
or wearing walking boots
will also benefit.
Champion for recreational management at the national park authority Malcolm Petyt, said the new bridge will be "a tremendous recreational resource".
He added that new sections of the national bridleway opening in the coming year will create a continuous route from Long Preston near Settle to Ravenstone in Cumbria.
Further south, the Pennine Bridleway also passes through the Peak District National Park.
Posted by Elaine Arthur