Campaigners still believe a footbridge could be built across the River Wharfe 113 years since it was first mooted.

Since 1996, the Burley Bridge Association (BBA) has been campaigning for a safe crossing near the stepping stones at Leather Bank, which are currently used by walkers.

Original efforts to construct a footbridge at Greenholme, Burley-in-Wharfedale, date back to 1898 and members of the BBA are hoping to push through plans for a bridge for walkers, which would link up with the footpath and bridleway network in Nidderdale.

Recently, the association asked an engineering company to come up with a lighter, but still durable, bridge.

They say it is dangerous to cross the river along the stones, which were originally created as water breaks.

But so far, their efforts have been unsuccessful after failures to agree deals with landowners on either side of the river and discussions with councils.

In July, the BBA is bringing back a 21-mile challenge walk to help raise funds for the campaign to get the bridge installed.

And association secretary Peter Young, says the fight for the bridge will continue.

“At the moment we’re hoping to build something across the stepping stones,” he said.

“The only people really opposed to it are the people who live around the bridge site itself. "

The 21-mile hike takes place on Saturday July 16. Entry costs £9 and forms are available from Steve Cobb at 4 Milton Road, Pannal, Harrogate, HG3 1JW or call him on 01423 815542.

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