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Rights of way agreement signed with Lancashire CC - Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Kate Hilditch and Cosi Towneley by a roadside fingerpost outside the village of Leck in Lancashire (Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority)
Kate Hilditch and Cosi Towneley by a roadside fingerpost outside the village of Leck in Lancashire (Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority)

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has become the delegated Authority for the maintenance of public rights of way in the whole of the National Park, following the signing of an agreement with Lancashire County Council.

The agreement covers an area of north Lancashire around the village of Leck, including the county’s highest peak, Gragareth. The area became part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in 2016 when its boundary was extended.

A total of 16 km (10 miles) of public footpaths exist in the Lancashire part of the National Park and from the beginning of April, when the agreement came into effect, the National Park Authority has had responsibilities alongside landowners, farmers and tenants to maintain the routes. In all, the rights of way network in the National Park runs to 2,628 km.

Similar rights of way delegation agreements exist between the National Park Authority and Cumbria County Council and North Yorkshire County Council, with 28% of the area of the National Park being in Cumbria and 71% in North Yorkshire.

Lancashire County Councillor, Cosima Towneley, who is appointed by the Council to the National Park Authority, met Kate Hilditch, the Authority’s Area Manager who covers the Lancashire part of the National Park, near Leck to mark the handover (see picture).

Posted on: 04 June 2021

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