Major path restoration work has been completed on Ilkley Moor. Starting from the Wooden Bridge at Backstone Beck, new steps have been made on the first steep part of the path, the sandstone path continues for 350 metres to the lower Tarn.
The work, carried out by contractors Matthew Robinson of Steeton, was commissioned by Bradford Council Countryside Service. 80 tons of sandstone was used and it took four days to complete, at a cost of £4800 to be paid for by The Friends of Ilkley Moor.
Richard Perham from the Council Countryside Service said “ I am very pleased with the standard of the work which repairs a path that was very wet and slippery in places. We will, during the winter months, do more repairs to paths and thin out trees and gorse in certain areas of the Moor. I have contracted some mowing to tidy up the paddling pool before the winter sets in. Work will also be done on drainage to keep paths from becoming boggy while maintaining other wet areas.”
Picture shows workmen finishing off the path towards the Tarn. Photograph by Barry Wilkinson/Friends of Ilkley Moor.
From Barry Wilkinson Press Officer FOIM 07831-505051
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The Management of Ilkley Moor
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Come along and help us maintain the unique ecological interest of the heathland. Our next volunteer day is Tuesday April 15th.