Cumbria

Alfred Wainwright Coast-to-Coast path at Nine Standards Rigg reopens

People involved in the project at the site Image copyright North Pennines AONB Partnership
Image caption The North Pennines AONB Partnership was supported by various groups to complete the project

A stretch of Alfred Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast footpath where walkers were becoming trapped in a bog has reopened following a £44,000 renovation.

The project to repair the path at Nine Standards Rigg on the Cumbria and North Yorkshire border began four years ago.

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership led the project which was financed in part by crowdfunding.

Almost 1,300ft (400m) of flagstones were laid.

Image copyright North Pennines AONB Partnership
Image caption Before the work, walkers had to cross a bog

Alistair Lockett from the AONB Partnership said: "We'd heard about people getting stuck fast in the damaged bog.

"It was so bad the local mountain rescue team was being called out to rescue walkers.

"If the weather had been bad it was becoming extremely hard to cross, and the original route planned out by Alfred Wainwright was in danger of becoming lost for good.

"Thanks to the generosity of the public, and some generous partners and funders, we've been able to improve the footpath and make it safe.

Image copyright North Pennines AONB Partnership
Image caption The new flagstones were flown to the site by helicopter

"Plus we've also planted new Sphagnum moss which will help restore the damaged peat at the site."

The project was supported by television presenter Julia Bradbury and author Amanda Owen, and various other organisations.

The flagstones had to be flown to the site by helicopter.

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