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Hanson donation preserves popular walking path

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Gritstone from Ingleton Quarry airlifted to Whernside for repair work on the Bruntscar footpath

STONE from Hanson’s Ingleton Quarry in North Yorkshire has been airlifted by helicopter to repair a key footpath on Whernside – the highest of Yorkshire’s three peaks.

Rangers from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, who organized the operation, selected and bagged up 130 tonnes of greywacke gritstone for the three-day airlift to the Bruntscar path.

The 130 bags of donated stone will be used to replace a 200m section of eroded stone-pitched steps and support the Authority’s ‘Pitch in for Whernside’ campaign to raise £46,000 for the renovation of the heavily used route, which is the main descent from the summit.

‘More than 60,000 people a year are likely to use the new path and we are delighted to have sourced such high-quality local stone,’ said Southern Dales’ area manager Kate Hilditch, who praised Hanson for their support and thanked the Ingleton Quarry team for their help.

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