Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Flood Damage
On 30th July 2019 unprecedented rainfall in a very short space of time caused catastrophic flooding around parts of the Swaledale Marathon Route. A really good description of the events and some excellent photographs can be found on the Richmondshire Today web site here. This tweet shows the power of the water raging off Grinton Moor. The photograph below is taken from the Yorkshire Post web site and shows Arkle Beck at Whaw (the marathon route after checkpoint 2 was under a metre of fast flowing water).
In addition to the flooding of homes and businesses, the rights of way network around Reeth and lower Arkengarthdale was badly damaged. Many bridges were washed away or severely damaged and several rights of way are still closed. Swaledale Outdoor Club donated funds to the Yorkshire Dales National Park to assist with repairs. We also requested 2020 Swaledale Marathon entrants to make an additional donation towards this work. The total raised by marathon entrants was £1945.50.
Swaledale Outdoor Club have transferred the total of the donations to the National Park. You can read more about it here and see the brand new bridge that has been installed at Cringley Bottom. We thank Swaledale Marathon entrants for your generosity in helping to re-open the closed rights of way and enable the public to access this wonderful area of the Dales.