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New wall set to help coast-to-coast path

Posted 9 June 2011
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New wall set to help coast-to-coast path
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Those planning to put on their walking trousers and take on Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast walk may find one section much easier after a wall was built to prevent subsidence.

A 40-metre long wall has been constructed by the pathside, as it passes alongside the River Swale at Healaugh in Swaledale, by volunteers from the Ragged Robin Conservation Group, working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Their work used 30 tonnes of stone and came in the nick of time according to Area Ranger for Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, Ian Broadwith, who said: "We were in imminent danger of losing the footpath to erosion by the river."

He said the construction method used was an alternative to building a natural defence using willow shoots tied to posts, as the local rabbit population would have eaten the saplings.

While the Swaledale section of the 192-mile trek has been preserved, February saw a section of the path near its beginning in Cumbria re-routed after subsidence.

The stretch had to be moved for safety reasons after a landslip at South Cliff, close to St Bees' Head.