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ACWA Working Party

On 16-Mar-2011 a Working Party installed two k/g, one p/g and an extra WMP on Walk 17A, all on Walkers Farm fields, just south of the Weavers Arms.
             This now means that Walk 17A is now a stile-free route.
Later in the month 2 more WP built a fence and installed another k/g.

K/g replacing 1st stile on border of Weavers Arms car park : 16-Mar-2011 
K/g replacing 1st stile on border of Weavers Arms car park : 16-Mar-2011

March Achievements

On 16-Mar-2011 a Working Party completed the final task needed to make ACW Circular Walk 17A a stile-free route. 

In 2006 we set an objective to create 4 stile-free walks. one in each direction from Coventry.  The first was Walk 6 "After Tea" walk at Stoneleigh to the south, completed 21-May-2006.  The second was Walk 21 "The Broad Ridge" at Meriden to the west, completed 15-Aug-2007. 

Walk 17A was supposed to be second, but was delayed due to difficulties to get support from a few farmers/landowners, but with all these overcome the remaining sites on the western leg were completed 2010, and today's activities completed the eastern leg.  Our plan for the day had been set as just two of the three stiles, but initial progress was good so we pushed ahead with the third stile and thus achieved this significant milestone.

The fourth stile-free route will be "Walk 12C" a shortened version of "Eight Bridges" walk at Brinklow using the Oxford Canal as the shorter short "cut".  This only needs one more stile to be replaced, but has been delayed - but the final go-ahead from English Heritage is imminent so completion could be within weeks or even days.

The new WMP, with the new p/g in the distance : 16-Mar-2011 
The new WMP, with the new p/g in
the distance : 16-Mar-2011

  

The new p/g and our NAAFI support man in celebration garb : 16-Mar-2011 
The new p/g and our NAAFI support man
in celebration garb 16-Mar-2011

The tasks were all relatively straightforward, but with a few interesting twists.  The first stile was hidden in a wide holly hedge, so wide that it almost hides the k/g, in spite of a very heavy pruning we had to do the make room.  We added an isolated WMP a short distance away from stile 1, which serves to make absolutely clear where the path goes - with good eyesight and a clear day you can see the WMP by the new p/g directly beyond it.  The WMP has four 6" nails hammered in near the bottom, all set in concrete 30" below ground, which we hope will prevent the cattle moving it!

At site 2 a stile was replaced by a pedestrian gate, which fitted in well, despite warnings there may be lots of concrete to tackle or avoid - there was concrete, but not much in the way.

The final stile replaced by a k/g : 16-Mar-2011 
The final stile replaced by a k/g : 16-Mar-2011

The final stile replaced on Walk 17A is in a wonderful setting by a pond where it is believed Oliver Cromwell made camp before his army attacked Fillongley and demolished both castles.  It is now a delightful spot to lean on the gate and enjoy the view.  Another bit of history we preserved is the WM sen on the left pointing along a path going direct to Wood End Lane - this is in fact an official WCC WM, but a type used well before most of our memories!  (Note that this definitive path is on the NW side of the hedge, not the SE as shown on the OS map.)

An excellent turnout, and a record time to complete 4 tasks, spurned on by the milestone and the 1:45 last hot lunch food orders target at the Weavers Arms.  All who stayed enjoyed the excellent food and ale!

 The completed fence, with original half in foreground : 23-Mar-2011
The completed fence, with original half in foreground : 23-Mar-2011

On 23-Mar-2011 a small WP  of 6 completed the new fence at the 74th Coventry Scout HQ in Whitley, Coventry.  The first half was done on 25-Aug-2010, see WP News 57.

New k/g replacing the 4th stile, on the path going direct to Wood End Lane.  Note the drop of rain in the top left corner : 30-Mar-20-11 @ 10:31
New k/g replacing the 4th stile, on the path going direct to Wood End Lane : 30-Mar-2011

On 30-Mar-2011 yet another small WP returned to Walkers Farm to replace the 4th stile, on the path going direct to Wood End Lane mentioned above.  With rain forecast, we started early at 9:00 and finished at 11:30, just before the rain came down!

Plans

The next main session planned is:

  Wednesday 20th April 2011 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: Truggist Lane (GR 252 776), SW then West from Carol Green
Park at:

On track from above point heading towards Moat House Farm - point 2 on the map

Meet at:

Truggist Lane (GR 252 776) - point 1 on the map

Task(s):

Construct  boardwalk across a boggy area of ground right next to a pond - point 3 on the map.  See Map for Details

The expected remaining 2011 dates are:

  • Wednesday 20-Apr-2011
  • Wednesday 18-May-2011
  • Wednesday 15-Jun-2011
  • Wednesday 20-Jul-2011


  • Wednesday 17-Aug-2011
  • Wednesday 21-Sep-2011
  • Wednesday 19-Oct-2011
  • Wednesday 16-Nov-2011 
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?

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


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