Bridleways in the North York Moors National Park now have improved access, following work carried out by Rangers from the National Park Authority.
Rangers sought advice from Danby District Bridleways Group, before work commenced on moorland paths in the area.
Horse riders can now benefit from the mowing of moorland bridleways and new crossings over boggy ground.
Bridleways identified were becoming increasingly difficult to use or find due to heather and bracken growth. Where possible, these routes were then mown to make them more accessible for a range of users including horse riders, walkers and cyclists.
Naomi Dillon, the Authority’s Northern Area Senior Ranger, said: “Mown paths will provide clearer definition while still retaining a wilderness feel to the landscape. In addition, the cut paths will act as a break for wildfires and will encourage users to stay on the right route minimising disturbance to both landscape and wildlife”.
The bridleway across Moorsholm Moor has also been improved with the installation of a new timber bridge. It is hoped that a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) will now be protected.