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ACWA Working Party

On 21-Jan-2009 a Working Party installed two more new kissing gates on the Kenilworth Golf Course to A46 section of ACW.

Workers and Watchers near the vanishing stile by the golf course : 21-Jan-2009
Workers and Watchers near the vanishing stile by the golf course : 21-Jan-2009

January Achievements

On 21-Jan-2009 a Working Party continued work started in October 2008 on the Kenilworth Golf Course to A46 section of ACW by installing two more new kissing gates.

The first k/g replaced the rustic stile at the point where ACW leaves the golf course.  Many will be sad to see it gone, being the first stile in Warwickshire on the ACW route, and in spite of being wobbly and worn it was relatively easy to climb - others hated it and will be pleased it has been replaced!

The Rustic Stile in 2007 : 5-Apr-2007
The Rustic Stile in 2007 : 5-Apr-2007

The new k/g ready for use, with just tidying up tools left to do : 21-Jan-2009
The new k/g ready for use, with just tidying up tools left to do : 21-Jan-2009

The second k/g replaced the next stile to the east where ACW briefly joins the drive to Kingswood Farmhouse.  The step from the stile was used to create a seat.  The field was being ploughed while the gate was being installed, and as soon as the ploughing was finished the route of the path was restored by driving the tractor down the public footpath.  The path was therefore reinstated well within the 14 day rule!  Unfortunately this method creates two compacted channels, which soon fill with water and/or turn to mud - a "lighter" touch would be better, such as pulling a light roller across to create a 1 metre visible and reasonably flat path, leaving walkers to follow it and improve the route further as vegetation grows and leaving more ploughed surface for subsequent crops.

The second k/g by the drive to Kingswood Farmhouse : 21-Jan-2009
The second k/g and seat just before the drive to Kingswood Farmhouse : 21-Jan-2009

A satisfying day, with bright sunshine all morning only slightly spoiled by the muddy conditions due to recent heavy rain, and the fact that the two fields between the two sites had just been ploughed!  Two more stiles to be replaced on this stretch very soon, then the first stile in Warwickshire on the ACW route will be just beyond Tantara Lodge (where there are 8 stiles over the next kilometre!).

Plans

The next full session will be on:

Wednesday 18th February 2009 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: Kenilworth Golf Course to A46 section of ACW
Meet at: Kingswood Farmhouse (GR 316 731), then walk to sites
Task(s): Install two new k/g - at sites 5 & 6, plus clean-up steps at site 7.  See Map for details of Locations & Tasks

Dates for the rest of 2009 will be mostly on the third Wednesday in each month from Jan-Nov.  The expected dates are therefore:

  • Wednesday 18 Mar
  • Wednesday 15 Apr
  • Wednesday 20 May
  • Wednesday 17 Jun
  • Wednesday 15 Jul 2009
  • Wednesday 19 Aug
  • Wednesday 16 Sep
  • Wednesday 21 Oct
  • Wednesday 18 Nov
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can? 

    Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information.
     


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