A new circular riverside walk has been officially opened in Cumbria by broadcaster Eric Robson.
The ‘miles without stiles’ route has cost £100,000 and is designed to be used in all weathers.
Key to the project is a new village bridge over the River Kent in Staveley.
It has been designed to represent a wood shaving from Staveley’s historic mill’s industrial past.
Eric Robson said the bridge “looked fantastic” and was a credit to all partners and the many organisations that had pulled together extremely well to ensure the bridge and pathway was completed. He was sure it would quickly become a key part of village life.
Groundwork UK and the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces programme, provided £50,000, for the project in July 2010.
Riverside Walk – Staveley
With a length of about 1.25 km or 0.8 miles, the circular walk runs alongside the River Kent and minor tarmac road before returning to Staveley Mill Yard.
The River Kent is one of England’s fastest flowing rivers and historically was essential to the success of local industry.