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New bridge on Conistone Moor
11:43am Wednesday 4th May 2011 in The Dales
Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can now cross Mossdale Beck without getting their feet wet — thanks to a new bridge on Conistone Moor.
For years, progress along the bridleway has come to a halt at the beck after it had become impassable due to heavy rain – but that is in the past thanks to a partnership between the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), the Kettelshiel Estate and local businesses.
Michael Briggs, the national park’s area ranger for Upper Wharfedale, said: “It’s not often we get to build a new bridge on the rights of way network, so I’ve been keen to see this through.
“It will provide access for people who had been turned back in the past when the beck was high.”
Hartlington Fencing Supplies built the bridge in kit form and transported it to the site for construction with the help of Walmsleys Agricultural Contractors, of Grassington, and Hall Rural Services Representatives, of the British Horse Society were also consulted on the design of the bridge.