After damage done during filming of Emmerdale TV soap, restoration work has begun to re-surface the track from opposite the Cow & Calf Hotel and the footpath route leading towards Backstone Beck, a total length of approximately 500 metres. The total cost of the work is estimated at £26,000 which will be funded by Emmerdale Productions.
Said Owen Wells (Chair of The Friends of Ilkley) “After the filming the Friends had many disagreements with Emmerdale as to the funding of the work to repair the damage done by the filming equipment, but I am pleased to say the apart from a £2,000 donation to the Friends, and funding of the damage, we are most grateful for a further grant, a substantial part of the £26,000, has been set aside to re-surface the path from Cow & Calf Rocks to Backstone Beck. (The state of this part of the path was not caused by filming.)”
Dinsdale Moorland Services, a specialist moorland contactor have been commissioned to undertake the work and consents have been obtained from Natural England and English Heritage.
From Barry Wilkinson FOIM Press Officer Mobile 07831-505051
For further information please contact Danny Jackson Countryside and Rights of Way Manager 01274-431230