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Army bridge creates new Lake District route

Posted 18 November 2011
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Army bridge creates new Lake District route
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Those keen on enjoying new routes while on mountain bikes can enjoy one that has been established in the Lake District valley of Eskdale.

A landowner in the valley has allowed a route created by the building of a suspension bridge - belived to have been put in place by the army - to be officially recognised as a footopath.

The bridge crosses the River Esk at Milkingstead and enables the Fisherground Campsite to be linked to the Eskdale TRail, a route for walkers and riders between Dalegarth Station and Ravenglass on the Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway.

It means detours on roads are no longer necessary and National Park Authority Countryside Access Adviser, Nick Thorne explained that it also ensures the route is maintained.

"The recognition of the suspension bridge as a public footpath means that if it falls down sometime in the future, it will have to be replaced," he noted.

Walks from Eskdale include the Burnmoor Corpse road path to Wasdale and climbing routes up Scafell and Scafell Pike.