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Pen y Ghent as an exemplar. Tourism and how it causes footpath erosion and some management strategies used.

Pen y Ghent as an exemplar. Tourism and how it causes footpath erosion and some management strategies used.

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  • Pen y Ghent Footpath Erosion
  • Ingleborough - the Three Peaks Yorkshire Dales
  • Pen y Ghent, is on the Three Peaks walk
  • Bracken bottom Main Routeway - Primary New Secondary Future ?
  • New steps opening up path
  • The pole is 1.5 m high how much material has been removed?
  • Estimate
  • Scale of scar
  • Tripartite
  • Puddling, compaction, pinchpont
  • Precipitation increases with altitude
  • Damage = Tourism?
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  • Walkers take the ‘Dark Path’
  • Bank Erosion indicates width of bypass
  • Cycles exacerbate the problem
  • Natural pinch point deepened by limestone clints
  • Full width erosion
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  • Pinch point outcome?
  • Alternative Paths
  • Altitude increases and so does MANAGEMENT
  • PROCESS Increase height Decrease Temperature Increase Precipitation
  • Limestone Scar
  • Managed Path
  • Unmanaged = Puddling
  • Limestone blocks
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  • Scale
  • Cross Drainage
  • Why?
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  • Plastic Alternative
  • Sandstone blocks
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  • Review
    • Erosion increases with altitude
    • High visitor numbers on popular walks
    • Management solutions possible
    • Expensive and some consider ugly
    • Pen y Ghent comprises of alternate layers
      • Sandstone and Carboniferous Limestone
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