Walkers welcome despite damage to footpaths, say park authority officers

A bridge at Low Faggergill succumbed to the flood water.

The flooding has damaged footpaths in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, but those planning walking holidays should still come, say national park officials.

Several public rights of way were damaged by last week’s flash flood.

To view those damaged in Arkengarthdale click here for a map of those damaged in Swaledale click here; the red stars indicate the 23 points where a public right of way is closed.

These points are either at missing bridges, stepping stones, landslips or severe path surface erosion. There is no safe public access at these locations.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority media officer Andrew Fagg said: “Arkengarthdale and Swaledale are very much open for business after the floods a week ago today.

“Great walking, cycling and hospitality experiences await, but it is worth taking a moment to work out ways round the 23 temporary path closures that the floods have caused.

“Landowners and Park Authority rangers and volunteers have been working hard to put together a picture of the impact on the rights of way network.

“In some places becks have cut new courses, such as at Slei Gill near Langthwaite.

“A total of nine river crossings, of various sizes, have been swept away, such as here at Low Faggergill.”

The Coast to Coast walk, which runs the length of Swaledale, was unaffected by the flooding, except at Ellers footbridge (the eastern most red star on the Swaledale map).

There are straightforward ways round the closure.

The suggested alternative is to follow the C2C to Marrick, then turn east through Marrick Park to join the road at Sour Nook and then turn north on the road to Marske.

Visit the Reeth National Park Centre for more information.