PEOPLE taking on the Examiner Charity Challenge this month will find things a little easier.
A footpath set to be used by hundreds of walkers has been improved ahead of the huge charity event on Sunday, May 20.
The request for help from Kirklees Council came from Huddersfield Lions who realised that the planned route of the sponsored walk uses Kirkburton Public Footpath 92.
The path runs from Lepton Highlanders Sports and Social Club, the base for this year’s Charity Challenge, to Paul Lane in Lepton.
It crosses a narrow valley but was covered in gorse bushes and included a steep, muddy slope.
Kirklees Council’s Public Rights of Way (PROW) team organised the work after gaining permission from the landowner Elliotts Estates and help from volunteers from Pathways Day Services in Mirfield.
A consignment of crushed sandstone was transported to the site and the volunteers cleared gorse from the route, built 30 timber steps and surfaced them and a section of footpath with the sandstone.
Bob Armitage, of Huddersfield Lions, said: “The council and the volunteers have been brilliant. There is no doubt that without their efforts, the walk could not have used that route.
“When we did our trial walk, it took 20 minutes to get up and down that particular stretch because of the condition of the path.
“Now it is amazing and we are so grateful. It will help not only all those on the Charity Challenge but everyone who enjoys walking in a lovely part of the area”.
The Charity Challenge – now in its 23rd year – is set to raise tens of thousands of pounds.
It has events for everyone ranging from a pushchair and wheelchair walk in Beaumont Park to a series of walks from the Lepton site.
They include three-mile, seven-mile and 12-mile routes.
Entry forms appear in the Examiner at regular intervals or can be obtained from the newspaper office in John William Street, Huddersfield.
Late entrants can register on the day.