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Walkers to benefit from new bridge

Posted 10 August 2010
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Walkers to benefit from new bridge
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Those who like to go walking will benefit from an unusual new bridge, which has been donated to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

It is made using the same techniques as drystone walling - appropriately enough by the Otley and Yorkshire Dales branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association, who constructed it at Leyburn in the Dales Festival of Food and Drink.

The wall will now be re-assembled a few miles away over Eller Beck in Wensleydale.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority ranger for lower Wensleydale Paul Sheehan said this will make for a better crossing than the one in place at present.

He explained: "At the moment the beck is crossed on a clapper bridge - a series of stones in the water with stone slabs across the top of them."

In heavy rain this gets flooded and is dangerous to use, with the water backing up and often inundating an adjacent car park, Mr Sheehan added.

While famous for its cheese, Wensleydale is also close to the Pennine Way and mountain peaks like Great Shunner Fell and Lovely Seat, giving those wearing hiking boots many routes to enjoy.

Posted by Dan Mirza