Walkers on part of the Lyke Wake Walk should find the going a little easier from next spring. Work has begun on building a stone pathway on open access land near Jugger Howe Beck in the east of the North York Moors National Park. It’s hoped that the path will not only make it easier for walkers, but will also help to prevent further erosion of the steep valley sides.

Heavy use by walkers, coupled with erosion caused by flash flooding, has left the banks badly damaged. The stone pitched path that is being laid will prevent further damage and make it easier for walkers to descend the steep bank to the beck.

Karl Gerhardsen, the park’s recreation and access office, said: “The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW) opened up a lot more of the park to walkers but many still like to explore these new areas by following a a defined footpath. The improvement works at Jugger Howe Beck will provide an easy-to-use route across the moorland and also help to make it more sustainable in the long term.”

The new path is part of a programme to improve routes on open access land.

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