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National park gets safer bridleway

Posted 15 November 2012
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National park gets safer bridleway
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Walkers, horse riders and those on mountain bikes can now enjoy a safer passage between the villages of Clapham and Austwick in the Yorkshire Dales.

A new bridleway has been created to bypass the busy A65 from Kendal to Skipton, which means those on foot, two wheels or horseback no longer need to brave a 400-metre stretch of busy road.

The project had involved the national park authority, along with the Dales Integrated Transport Alliance and North Yorkshire County Council.

As well as helping those travelling short distances, it will also provide a safer route to cyclists travelling the much longer distance of the Way of the Roses Coast to Coast cycle route.

The parish councils of Clapham and Austwick have both been pressing for a new stretch of bridleway to remove the risk involved in using the A65.

National park area ranger for Ribblesdale Steve Hastie noted the route has seen a number of accidents in the past.

He added: "The bridleway was originally requested by the two communities as a safe solution.

"It has been a big project in many ways and has required a lot of work - and we would like to thank the landowners and tenants for all their help and support. Already the initial signs are that it will be very well used by both visitors and locals."

Visitors to the Yorkshire Dales may have much reason to be pleased about recent access developments, as the bridleway follows the establishment of a new alternative route for those who like to go walking in the Three Peaks area.

The path between Pen-y-ghent and Ribblehead means people can avoid the traditional route across Horton Moor and Black Dubb Moss, which has been badly eroded.

Discussing the new development, Mr Hastie stated the feedback on the new path had been positive, with its best features including the absence of gates and stiles, fine views Ingleborough, Whernside and Far Moor Bridge, plus a chance to enjoy Hull Pot and Hunt Pot through a minor detour.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801488513-ADNFCR