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Lakes drystone wall repairs open up old path

Posted 12 November 2010
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Lakes drystone wall repairs open up old path
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A 235-metres section of drystone wall in a lesser-known part of the Lake District has been repaired, recreating an old route for those who like to grab their trekking pole and go walking.

Staff from the national park authority carried out the work in the Stockdale, a small side valley in Longsleddale, with the new wall being built along with the installation of new gates and drainage work by the landowner.

The result will be a new addition to the network of paths in and around the valley, which many visitors to the Lake District do not see, as the valley lies just north of Kendal and is off the normal tourist track heading west towards Windermere.

Commenting on this, national park ranger Sue Thompson said: "This really is a wonderful part of the Lake District, which often goes unnoticed."

Longsleddale's highlights include the buttresses of Buckbarrow Head beyond Sadgill, while peaks surrounding the valley include Tarn Crag and Sleddale Fell.