Bainbridge, 22 February, 2019
Ingleton Quarry owner Hanson UK has donated 130 tonnes of high quality Greywacke gritstone to the National Park Authority, so that a 200m section of eroded footpath on nearby Whernside, Yorkshire’s highest peak, can be remade.
Rangers have been working at Ingleton Quarry (see photo) to sort and bag the stone. In the next few days, the stone will be flown by helicopter from the quarry to the ‘Bruntscar’ path five miles away on the flanks of Whernside.
The Hanson UK donation was made as part of ‘Pitch in for Whernside’, a campaign to raise £46,000 for the repair of the path, which serves as the main descent off the summit.
Contractors are expected to start rebuilding the path in early spring and to finish by July 2019. The existing damaged path will be removed, before the installation of just over 200m of new stone pitching as well as 20 cross drains.
Philip Pitt, head of communications and marketing at Hanson, said: “We were delighted to support this improvement project for the National Park Authority, ensuring walkers can continue to enjoy Yorkshire’s highest peak."
Area Ranger for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Rob Ashford, said: “Thousands of people a year are likely to use the new Bruntscar path, so we are delighted that we have managed to source such high quality local stone. The Greywacke that comes out of Ingleton Quarry doesn’t wear smooth easily, so will remain grippy underfoot. It’s a generous donation and I would like to thank Hanson UK and their staff at Ingleton Quarry, who have been very helpful.”
The Bruntscar path runs down from the summit of Whernside heading towards Chapel-le-Dale and is on the main route of the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk.
For more information about the geology of the Ingleton area – and to find out just how the Greywacke was made hundreds of millions of years ago – see this page on the new ‘Dales Rocks’ website.