In 2017 The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority appointed Conservefor, a specialist bridleway maintenance contractor, to undertake major construction work to Low Lane an unsurfaced unclassified road running between Grinton and Keld in Swaledale, North Yorkshire.

This work was part of a larger project to create the Swale Trail, a cycle route aimed at all user levels, in particularly those new to off-road cycling. The aim of the project was to improve the existing bridleways and historic routes to a high standard.

At the start of summer 2017 we deployed our bridleway maintenance team to begin the following works:

·         Restoration of 6.4 kilometres of Bridleway surface

·         1.2 kilometres of newly built, 2m wide, aggregate trail

·         Construction of 113 metres stone pitched twin track

·         Construction of both a stone pitched and concrete ford

·         Installation of 8 new gates

·         Repairs to 133 metres of fencing

·         Installation of 3 kilometres of new drainage ditches

·         Construction of 5 culverts

Our Bridleway maintenance team began working from east to west along the route of the new cycle trail. Importing locally sourced stone to provide a more natural looking surface. Installation of the new culverts, ford and drainage ditches were undertaken as our team moved along the route, therefore ensuring the smooth progress of the project as our team moved along the valley.


Our wealth of experience working as a bridleway maintenance contractor combined with bespoke 5 tonne excavators fitted with tilt rotate attachments and 3 tonne wheeled dumpers enabled us to carry out these works to a high standard whilst taking into consideration the unique challenges encountered when working on narrow, busy bridleway, limiting any disturbance to the surrounding countryside and day to day use by walkers.