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New footpaths for Yorkshire Dales walkers

[Friday 10 April 2009]
work on Malham Footpath

Photos show work on the Malham footpath
and a view looking from the direction of the
Cove down into the village

Malham Footpath

Photos: Yorkshire Dales National Park

TWO new footpaths are ready for this weekend’s visitors in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Walkers coming out of Kettlewell now have a safer route to link up with the popular footpath to Hawkswick instead of having to use the busy B6160 road.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) has created a new, signposted off-road route starting at Kettlewell New Bridge and going through a short, wooded section and then over Open Access land to join the existing footpath about 400m south of Kettlewell.

Iain Mann, the YDNPA’s Upper Wharfedale Area Ranger said: “I think this new route will be really beneficial for walkers in the Kettlewell area. The footpath over to Hawkswick is hugely popular – and rightly so given the wonderful views you get.

“I would like to thank the woodland owner for allowing a permissive footpath to be created through his woodland, and also the Kettlewell Trust Lords for their help in making this route available.”

A new 120m footpath is now open in Malham to reduce the amount of road walking needed to and from the village’s breathtaking cove.

YDNPA staff have built the new footpath with the help of volunteers, and the works have been paid for by Natural England with the intention that the route will become part of the Pennine Way.

Catriona Kilner, the YDNPA’s Area Ranger for Malhamdale and Lower Ribblesdale, said: “This new section of footpath will improve the popular walk to Malham Cove from the village. It is one of the busiest footpaths in the National Park and creating this link allows visitors to avoid a narrow section of country lane.

“Staff from both the YDNPA and the National Trust have worked together to create this new footpath and we hope people will find it makes they visit even more enjoyable.”

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