Restoration work at the Hole of Horcum, near Pickering

Gazette & Herald: Hole of Horcum, near Pickering Hole of Horcum, near Pickering

ONE of the most well-known landscapes in the North York Moors has become more accessible following a two-month programme of restoration work.

The Hole of Horcum is a giant natural amphitheatre that is visited and photographed by thousands of people every tear.

But that has meant the main footpath down had become badly eroded over time, making it difficult underfoot and creating a very visible scar on the landscape.

But a contractor for the North York Moors National Park has restored the original line of the route by relandscaping the bank either side of the footpath.

And the path, now partly stone-pitched, provides a smoother, hard wearing surface while a gate has replaced a ladder stile at the top of the bank to provide easier access.

In addition to many pairs of feet, rainwater was also causing damage to the footpath and work carried out to address the drainage problems should benefit not only walkers, but will also help prevent flooding elsewhere.

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