Cumbria

Work continues on Cumbria's flood-hit paths and bridges

Flooding in Cumbria (pic courtesy of John Moore)
Image caption The floods in November 2009 did huge damage to the Lake District footpath network

Work is under way to repair Cumbria's footpath network, one year after areas were devastated by flooding.

Hundreds of yards of riverside paths were washed away, and landslides swept through hillside tracks, during heavy rainfall in November 2009.

Contractors appointed by the Lake District National Park Authority have repaired damage to 41 bridleways, 86 footpaths and 75 bridges.

However, the £1.7m programme is not expected to be complete until 2013.

The funding has come from sources including Cumbria County Council and the North West Development Agency.

National Park paths for the public co-ordinator Dylan Jackman said: The work will bring about greater accessibility for a wider and more diverse audience.

"This in turn will help to sustain and improve the economic contribution that countryside access makes to the tourist economy of Cumbria and the Lake District National Park."

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