By Ben Barnett in The Yorkshire Post.
National park chiefs have warned of an increasing reliance on goodwill to ensure the region’s most iconic countryside remains open for everyone to enjoy.
Huge cuts to National Park government grants – 40 per cent in real terms since 2011 in the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors – has put pressure on landowners and volunteers help manage the maintenance burden along the county’s public walking routes.
That support is paying off in beauty spots, according to a new Ramblers survey, which found that paths and bridleways in both the Moors and the Dales National Parks are less likely to be blocked or impassable – yet that success cannot mask the crumbling state of Yorkshire’s extensive rights of way network overall.
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