A SLATE slab that serves as a bridge over a beck near Grasmere has been replaced after it became cracked.

The national park authority erected a timber frame around the slab over Easedale Beck last year to keep people away from it and safe.

An authority spokesman said: "This year, our rangers completed the job and replaced the cracked bridge with a two-metre-long slate slab that was given to us by the National Trust and Burlington Stone from Moss Rigg Quarry in Tilberthwaite.

"The edges of the slate were straight and flat, so our team carefully chiselled and cut it to add some character. They then used a digger to lift it into place.

"The bridge is now back to in keeping with the local historic environment and helping people safely cross the beck."