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Popular Yorkshire viewing point benefits from new pathways

Minster Law employees help North York Moors National Park rangers improve footpath for wheelchair users

A team of eight Minster Law employees recently helped two rangers from the North York Moors National Park lay a new footpath at Sutton Bank. The new pathway, which leads from the car park close to the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre to a panoramic viewing point just above the Kilburn White Horse, will enable better access for wheelchair users.

Abbi Horrocks, Angela Harford, Michael Lynch, Debra Allen, Gemma Bielby, Julie Robins, Graeme Cook and Jonny Gray shoveled and wheeled barrow loads of gravel and sand before raking it smooth and hammering it down with a machine. Together they managed to lay more than 350m of pathway as well as clear and widen another short path. This essential work will give those who have difficulty negotiating the rugged terrain the opportunity to enjoy more of the popular vista.

The North York Moors National Park is reliant on volunteers to manage and maintain the hundreds of miles of public access routes through the stunning countryside.

Minster Law Marketing Manager Angela Harford said: “Laying the path at Sutton Bank was hard work but it was great to see first-hand how important the work of volunteers is to the upkeep of the North York Moors National Park. We also took some time to have a look at the White Horse and understand the sheer scale of the maintenance project that the White Horse Association undertakes. We were pleased to be able to spend a day with the rangers – hopefully the little bit of work we have done will help many more visitors enjoy the stunning views across the moors.”

If you would like to learn more about this and other volunteering opportunities at the North York Moors National Park please email volunteers@northyorkmoors.org.uk.