Bainbridge, 23 July 2019
On one of the warmest days of the year, National Park Authority rangers are shovelling and raking 100 tonnes of sandstone aggregate to repair a bridleway on Threshfield Moor in Craven.
Thankfully the material is being brought to them by air. Every few minutes, a helicopter fetches a bucket-load from two kilometres away on Boss Moor.
When the team of five finishes this evening, they will have repaired 700 metres of bridleway.
A total of 50 large timbers will also be brought to the moor by helicopter, so that bridges which have become damaged can be replaced.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Member Champion for Recreation Management, Nick Cotton, said: “Any work done to keep bridleways in good condition is much appreciated, as they have a wider range of users than footpaths. The bridleway on Threshfield Moor is popular with mountain bikers of all ages and is an important link between Mastilles Lane and Hetton Moor Lane.
“Work to repair drainage and the surface of the bridleway is necessary because of wear and tear. It’s now nearly 20 years since we last did any work on this section. Once compacted, the sandstone aggregate will create a durable and long lasting surface. The Authority uses helicopters only a few times a year – on the biggest jobs. I hope the downdrafts have at least helped to keep the rangers cool.”
The repair job is part of an ongoing public rights of way maintenance programme in the Wharfedale area.