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New bridge for walkers and riders wins award

Posted 5 October 2011
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New bridge for walkers and riders wins award
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Those crossing one Yorkshire Dales stream in their horse riding clothing or walking boots will not just be using any newly-constructed bridge, but a national award winner.

The 53-metre span Far Moor Bridge carries the Pennine Bridleway over the River Ribble near Selside and is thought to be the largest of its kind in the world, with the project being a joint undertaking by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Natural England.

Work began last year and the structure has won the "highly commended" category prize at the Wood Awards, with the prospect of a second gong as it has been nominated in the Small Civil Engineering Project up to £3 million category at the British Construction Industry 2011 awards.

The national park's Member Champion for Recreational Management Malcolm Petyt said: "It is a splendid structure that gives horse-riders, bikers and walkers a super route across Upper Ribblesdale and deserves to take this award."

It is the latest development in the extension of the Pennine Bridleway to a 200-mile route from Derbyshire to Cumbria, with the full stretch set to be officially opened next year.