Changing course The Beck changed course at Slei Gill, making the foot bridge redundant

Open for business! But check for path closures

Tuesday 6 August, 2019, by Andrew Fagg

Arkengarthdale and Swaledale are very much open for business after the floods a week ago today.  

Great walking, cycling and hospitality experiences await, but it is worth taking a moment to work out ways round the 23 temporary path closures that the floods have caused.  

Landowners and Park Authority rangers and volunteers have been working hard to put together a picture of the impact on the rights of way network.

In some places becks have cut new courses, such as at Slei Gill near Langthwaite (see feature image at top of page).

A total of nine river crossings, of various sizes, have been swept away, such as here at Low Faggergill.

A bridge has been swept away
A bridge at Low Faggergill succumbed to the flood water

Sadly, a historic and listed stone-arch culvert, running adjacent to Grinton Smelt Mill, has also been washed away.

Culvert washed away resulting in open stream
The scene at Grinton Smelt Mill

Rangers are liaising with the Environment Agency and other bodies in readiness to start repairs. 

They are also still surveying 140 miles of potentially affected routes, so people are advised to check the Park Authority’s website for updates on closures.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Andrew Fagg

Media Officer, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Website: www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

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