A HELICOPTER airlift is underway in the Yorkshire Dales to repair damaged bridleways which - ironically - cannot be reached by conventional lorries because they would make the damage even worse.
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority rangers are organising the helicopters to carry about 1,200 tonnes of aggregate to several sites in the Craven area.
Lower Wharfedale Ranger Phil Richards said work was needed on sections of bridleway at Rylstone and on Linton Moor, Threshfield Moor and Hetton Common.
"The bridleways have got worn out where they cross areas where the ground is susceptible to damage," he said. "We are doing work to bring them back up to scratch."
Depending on the weather, the airlifts may continue into early August.