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Volunteers help save Swaledale path on coast to coast route

Posted 9 June 2011
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The popular Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route is having a full revamp, all through the help of volunteers. 

Outdoors lovers from the ‘Ragged Robin’ Conservation Group, and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority have joined together in a bid to build a wall to protect the Swaledale path from vanishing. The path is very popular, so the work they are doing is helping to keep walkers walking, without damaging the already eroded area further, so there’s no need to hang up your walking boots yet if you love the coast to coast walk. 

Working with 30 tonnes of stone and inserting wire link fence, the volunteer team have created a really strong wall. They decided against a natural willow wall when it became apparent that the abundance of local rabbits would have devoured the wall as quickly as they could build it!

Malcolm Petyt, of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said of the work: “We can so easily underestimate the value of the work that volunteers can do to help preserve and improve this wonderful landscape for the enjoyment of others and this piece of work is a fitting tribute and testament to their skills and commitment to the work of the Yorkshire dales National Park Authority.”