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Restored bridges reconnect popular Newlands Valley route

Lake District National Park area ranger, Cath Johnson (left) and representatives from HF Holidays adding the last finishing touches to the Ghyll Brow bridge.

Two much-missed bridges in the Newlands Valley are back open, thanks to a vital cash donation from local businesses.

Bridges at Ghyll Brow and Ghyll Bank were destroyed in Storm Desmond in 2015, but following a boost from local businesses, including a generous donation of £12,000 from HF Holidays, the Lake District National Park have been able to successfully repair the popular route.

Lake District National Park area ranger, Cath Johnson, said: “The two bridges were repaired with government funding following the 2009 floods, but following Storm Desmond in 2015, they were unable to withstand the additional extreme pressure.

“We are grateful to everyone involved in the Newlands Valley project who recognised the importance of restoring these bridges. It’s fantastic to see people enjoying the popular route once again.”

HF Holidays are proud supporters and are thrilled to see people exploring and discovering the full route once again. Claire Davis from HF Holidays said: “We are delighted that the Ghyll Brow and Ghyll Bank Bridge repairs are now complete. We’re passionate about supporting the places where our guests walk and ensuring that future visitors to the area enjoy the stunning landscapes. Guests from the walking holiday company, HF Holidays, make donations to its Pathways Fund, which in turn are used to support projects including repairing bridges to protect and enhance the Lake District for all visitors to enjoy.”

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