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New ford will help riders in the Dales

Posted 19 October 2011
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New ford will help riders in the Dales
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Those putting on their riding helmets and exploring the Yorkshire Dales on horseback may enjoy an easier crossing over a stream that acts as a barrier across a bridleway.

A joint exercise involving local drystone wallers and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has led to the creation of a two-metre wide cobbled ford in Arkleside Gill, making it easier to pass through Coverdale.

Otley & Yorkshire Dales branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association spokesman John Heslegrave said: "Arkleside Gill is steeply-sided and crossed by a bridleway but riders of even the most athletic horses had found the boulder-strewn stream bed too hard-going for a safe crossing."

A cobbled crossing was a clear solution, he stated, but noted it was a new experience for members to be laying stones under water with a strong current running over them.

It is further good news for riders in the national park after the construction last year of Far Moor Bridge, a 53 ft-span crossing of the River Ribble near Selside built as part of the new Pennine Bridleway that has won two design awards.