WORK has started on ripping up a countryside path built just two years ago.
The circular one- mile gravel track around Digley Reservoir, above Holmbridge, was laid by Yorkshire Water at a cost of £9,000.
But contractors have just started ripping it up, in readiness to lay a new surface next year.
A Yorkshire Water spokeswoman said: "It wasn't working as we thought it would. It wasn't the right surface for the path."
She said the gravel surface was not bedding in.
She added: "We didn't want to leave it in case it proved a problem. It was best to get it up before the bad weather.
"We are going to leave it over the winter, then do the resurfacing."
Walker Martin Noble, of Brockholes, said it was a pity the path was being changed.
"It's a shame that a superb pathway should have to be ripped up - and at goodness knows what expense," he added.