ACWA Working Party
On 19-Oct-2011 a Working Party replaced 3 stiles with 1 Gap
+ 2 k/g & replaced a sleeper bridge with a new one, all on
Walks 1 & 1A just south of Millison's Wood.
Dave's and SMBC's 4x4s helped
to get all to sites : 19-Oct-2011
The first challenge was to get all materials, tools and people to
the sites, some 0.75+ miles over rough ground from the road.
The problem was solved with help from the farmer who moved all
materials before we arrived, and Dave bringing his Land Rover and
trailer to transport all our tools to the sites and back to our cars
at the end.
Site 3 was the nearest, and the stile on Walk 1 near the
Solihull/Coventry boundary was replaced by a k/g without too much
trouble. No concrete to dig up this time, but some very
stubborn posts for the old stile step, plenty of hedge roots and
some very firm but very dry soil. In spite of a slow start,
the task was completed by 12:30.
Site 3 on the Solihull/Coventry boundary
Site 2 was the last stile on Walk 1A to be replaced, so no wonder
the team were pleased. It is also on Millennium Way
(MW) and needed to have waymarking corrected to show
their current route, so two of the MW team joined us at the start of
the day to supply the waymarks for our stile replacements, and to
update the marking on two other nearby posts. This task was
complete by 12:45.
Site 2 with happy & pleased member
of the team fixing the final WM : 19-Oct-2011
Site 1 was only a few yards south of site 2, and involved
replacing the narrow gap with a proper sized gap, and building
a higher and longer sleeper bridge making the ditch crossing
easier. As you will see from the photos, the old bridge &
stile remain and could be used by any who find the stile-free Walk
1A lacking in nostalgic features or just too easy! Just
before 1:00 pm all tasks were completed, and tools were
being loaded in the trailer. The countdown was over, and Walk
1A declared stile-free.
s/b from south
view of s/b
Site 3, the longer, stronger,
higher Sleeper Bridge :
The weather forecast had been for the odd mm of rain about 1:00pm
- In fact, up till then the day was mostly sunny and completely dry
- but after putting my rucksack in the trailer and starting
to walk back, a few drops of rain nearly spoiled the day - but
it was only a few drops till most of us were back in our cars,
then a heavy shower all the way (c. 3 minutes) to the pub, then
sunshine again as we walked from our cars. Someone was
treating us kindly!
An enjoyable day, finishing work a few minutes before 1:00 pm and
then having a good lunch in The Queens Head, Meriden.
A small session is being organised for early November
to replace/install 7 WMP on the stretch of ACW between Ryton and
Wolston in order to make finding the route much easier, especially
those sections which go diagonally across fields.
The next full session planned is:
November 2011 at 9:30 am to about 1:00
||Back Lane, where ACW crosses the
Lane & where CW 1A joins the lane.|
Near Site 1 (GR 255 805) in Back Lane
(unless Bob agreed in advance for your car to go direct to
Replace two stiles next to field gates,
one with a metal p/g (or maybe k/g), the 2nd with a metal
The expected remaining 2011 dates are:
Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?
Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645
5251 for further