CEMEX aggregates delivered by helicopter to repair the Pennine Way
17th March 2009: 285 tonnes of crushed stone from CEMEX High Force Quarry in Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co Durham were airlifted by helicopter and taken to a remote section of the famous Pennine Way to resurface a section of the footpath.
The type 1 0 - 40mm size aggregate was taken in 900kg bags, one at a time to the site just 2 miles from the quarry, taking 2 ½ days to transport the complete load. The aggregate is from a whinstone quarry, and has a high PSV (polished stone value) of 55. It was specially selected because of its hardness and therefore, durability and to blend in with the existing stone along the pathway by Making Trax, the footpath conservation and maintenance company.
The short section of worn and eroded footpath has no road access and there was an urgent need to improve the surface but also prevent walkers from trampling on the areas around the path, destroying some of the rare plant life.
The path lies between Low Force and High Force, Britain’s largest waterfall. It is approximately 237km north along the Pennine Way from Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District, the most southerly starting point.
This work is part of a three-year Living North Pennines project, funded with £2million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This fund aims to conserve and enhance the special qualities of an area.