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Drystone bridge now in place

Posted 8 September 2010
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Drystone bridge now in place
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Those who like to go walking in the Yorkshire Dales can now enjoy an improved crossing of Eller Beck in Wensleydale after the completion of the reconstruction of a bridge over it.

Funding from the Campaign to Protect Rural England saw the £2,500 rebuilding of the structure, which was originally assembled at a show in the national park by the Otley and Yorkshire Dales branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association, Grough reports.

The national park authority's access officer for Lower Wensleydale Paul Sheehan said: "The bridge looks really fantastic and it will be much appreciated by all walkers who use the route."

A clapper bridge was previously in place, using slabs balanced on stones in the stream, something that was not safe during wet weather as it became submerged.

While Wensleydale is famous for the cheese of that name made in the creamery at Hawes, the area is also one offering walkers a variety of routes to enjoy.

It is close to the Pennine Way and those who fancy climbing mountains in the area can enjoy peaks such as Lovely Seat and Great Shunner Fell.

Posted by Elaine Arthur