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Coast to Coast restoration scheme begins

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A two-year restoration project to repair bridges and other structures along the 190-mile (300km) Coast to Coast route has begun.Devised in 1973 by fell walker and author Alfred Wainwright, the trail runs from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire.It attracts thousands of walkers and cyclists each year.The scheme includes repairs to Beamish Railway Tunnel and the restoration of a timber-framed tunnel at Seaton.Costing £450,000, it has been partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.Charity Sustrans, which owns just over 40 miles (65km) of former railway track along the stretch, is behind the restoration.It said it would be working with ecologists to protect wildlife habitats, such as those used by colonies of pipistrelle bats in some of the bridges.
Source: BBC Cumbria