Building Bridges - New footbridge in Ingbirchworth

A new footbridge and boardwalk have been installed by Barnsley Council’s Countryside Rangers from funding by the Peak and Northern Footpath Society.

A new footbridge and boardwalk have been built on the boundary of Barnsley and Kirklees. The work was needed after stream banks were damaged by livestock leaving a three to four metre marshy area. Utilising recycled stone from the nearby farm estate, Barnsley Council Countryside Rangers and apprentices built a new stone clapper bridge and boardwalk link to assist walkers to cross the stream and waterlogged land.

On Tuesday 17 October, Cllr Robert Barnard - Chair of Penistone Area Council, David Hurrell - Chair of Peak and Northern Footpath Society and Chris Davison – Peak and Northern Area Officer and Local Access Forum Member, joined the landowner and countryside rangers for the official bridge opening and handover. A grant cheque of £751 was also presented from Peak and Northern Footpath Society for further work to the site.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We are working hard to improve the 750 kilometres of footpaths and bridleways in Barnsley for everyone to access. The new boardwalk and bridge add to other work we have already completed on this site including replacing two difficult stiles with a kissing gate and squeeze stile.

“Leading an active lifestyle has been proven to improve both the length and quality of life. So what better excuse is there than to get out and make the most of Barnsley's beautiful countryside and scenic routes.”

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