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Lake District paths bill 'tops £1 million'

Posted 11 November 2011
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Lake District paths bill 'tops £1 million'
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The cost of repairing Lake District footpaths after the severe floods of late 2009 has cost over a million pounds, it has been revealed.

Walkers setting off in their winter jackets to climb the fells and walk the valleys may find themselves on routes that were wrecked by the torrents of water two years ago this month.

The national park authority identified 253 locations where repair work was needed and its Paths for the Public Project co-ordinator Dylan Jackman said work is still going on now.

He stated: "There are still further repairs and improvements to be completed before the end of the project in March 2013."

Several bridges were also damaged or destroyed by the floods, which raised lake levels and led to streets in towns like Cockermouth being inundated with water.

Other places where walkers may encounter recently-repaired footpaths include the Yorkshire Dales.

Quarrying firm Hanson Aggregates has donated 140 tonnes of gritstone from Ingleton's Skirwith Quarry to help rejuvenate a path from the village up Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.