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New paths for Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Posted 15 May 2012
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New paths for Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
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The Yorkshire Three Peaks is one of the most popular walking challenges in Britain, but that very fact has led to significant erosion of a precious habitat.

As a result, two new paths have been created at Horton-in-Ribblesdale to divert the small armies of people in walking boots way from sensitive areas that have been damaged by the high volume of foot traffic, the Westmorland Gazette reports.

The larger of the two is between bridleways 12 and 25, ensuring walkers do not stray onto the damaged Black Dubb route.

Floating aggregate and reclaimed stone flags will be used on the route, with a timber footbridge being built over Sell Gill Beck.

Walkers taking on the challenge - often for charity - will be tasked with climbing Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent in 12 hours.

However, visitors to the national park can enjoy many other peaks over 2,000 ft, such as Great Shunner Fell, Lovely Seat, Dodd Fell Hill and Fountains Fell.