OVER £140, 000 is going to be spent improving footpaths and rights of way in parishes in the North Yorkshire Moors,
The Community Access Project has received £113,445 from the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme and £28,361 from the National Park Authority.
The project will deal with 20 communities in the North York Moors.
Existing National Park Authority staff including rights of way officers, rangers, field staff and apprentices will assist in the planning and delivery of the improvements.
One hundred community volunteers will also be recruited and trained to help implement and maintain the improvements which have been identified through parish plans and discussions with the National Park Authority.
Each community will also get £5,000 to improve signage and promotion of routes, create better access for people with disabilities, install seating, manage vegetation and improve the surface conditions and drainage.
Martyn Williams, project officer, said: “Discussions with parishes in the National Park highlighted a desire to improve access within communities but many had hit a stumbling block in gathering the resources and expertise to get the job done.”