A HELICOPTER has started to help work on a moorland route.
It is being used to airlift material into place to enable the creation of Phase 1 of a new Dark Peak Link.
This 36-kilometre (22 miles) bridleway will link Penistone to the Pennine Bridleway.
Phase 1 runs from the Oldham Council boundary to the A635 Greenfield Road above Holmfirth.
The work should finish in autumn this year.
The Dark Peak Link is mainly off-road and will be a mixture of existing and newly-created bridleway.
It enters Kirklees at Hade Edge and leaves at the Oldham boundary at Standedge cutting above Marsden, passing through Marsden and Holme.
Because of the remote nature of the bridleway, more than 300 tonnes of material is being brought in by helicopter.
The helicopter, working up near Wessenden Head, can transport one-tonne bags and place them where needed.
The contractor can then use the materials to repair existing sections, improve drainage and create new sections which are sympathetic to the surroundings.
The estimated cost of the total Dark Peak Link scheme is £604,000.
The money is coming from Kirklees Council and the Countryside Agency.
The route should be fully completed by autumn of 2007.