Just as one new bridge goes up, another comes down!
This time it’s the footbridge across Gayle Beck – at the foot of the Cam High Road – that has been removed whilst contractors build the replacement road bridge. The new road bridge is required for logging wagons removing logs from Cam forest.
There is an official diversion, which leads walkers off the Cam High Road and along the Pennine Way to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. This is of little use to walkers on the Dales Way.
A semi-official diversion is to cross the beck on foot at a ford slightly downstream, but care is needed in wet weather. Many walkers are crossing at some hay bales. As this is open access land, these diversions are legal.
Walkers with the latest edition of Colin Speakman’s guide book might consider using the Watershed Alternative route instead, following the Pennine Bridleway down to the Dent Road.
The work is expected to continue for another two or three weeks.
UPDATE 31/7/2013: The new bridge is now open for use.