Park rangers flag Coast to Coast route in Swaledale

Access rangers at work on the Coast to Coast path at Ravenseat Farm in upper Swaledale.

Access rangers are flagging a boggy section of the Coast to Coast footpath in upper Swaledale, in one of the biggest path enhancement projects of the year for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Reclaimed traditional stone flags, sourced from West Yorkshire and Lancashire, have been moved to site, close to Ravenseat Farm, using low ground pressure tracked dumpers and excavators.

A team of five people – made up of rangers and volunteers – is hoping to finish laying 175 metres of new pathway by the end of this week, having begun at the start of June.

The flagging contributes towards a national park management plan objective (B2) to maintain recognised long distance walking routes.

As part of the plan, the national park authority is campaigning for the Coast-to-Coast path to become a National Trail.

Director of park services Kathryn Beardmore said: “The Coast to Coast path brings many thousands of people into the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

“Quite a number of accommodation providers rely on its enduring popularity.

“We’re pleased to be able to help keep the path well maintained.

“Boggy sections, where people can often stray off the path and create erosion, can be much improved by flagging – although flagging is reserved for only the wettest sections, as we want the path to remain as simple and as lightly engineered as possible.”

Access rangers Paul Sheehan and Roger Foreman pave the way.