A popular walk in Richmond, which has undergone major works over the past few months, has recently been given a new look.
Work on Castle Walk began during the summer to reinforce the pathway after part of it had subsided. The decision by North Yorkshire County Council to commence the work in the middle of the tourist season was questioned by some of the businesses in the area and locals who use the walk regularly in the summer months.
Fortunately the work, which was due to take 6 weeks, was completed in only 4 weeks and the pathway was re-opened before the end of the summer. Since then Castle Walk has been completely re-surfaced in fine gravel.
"The council is very pleased that the initial subsidence work was completed ahead of schedule and that the general opinion of the public is very favourable of the new look Castle Walk," said Councillor Stuart Parsons.
The walk, which meanders its way around the castle walls and overlooks the River Swale has been a popular place for locals and tourists since the 18th century when it was built.
In more recent years a railing was erected around the walk to prevent people falling down the steep bank and lights have been installed along the footpath. Unfortunately some of the lights were broken by the heavy machinery during the recent work but are due to be repaired or replaced.