On 17-July-2013 a WP installed a new Board Walk on Path M268 and
replaced a stile with k/g at junction of Path M268 with Fillongley
The new Board Walk nearing
completion - just the last nail being hammered in :
On 17-July-2013 a Working Party installed a new Board Walk
on Path M268 to replace a couple of old pallets which bridged the
mud (but were often submerged after heavy rain) and replaced the
stile with k/g at junction of Path M268 with Fillongley Road,
Meriden (GR 249 829).
The site for the new boardwalk, with the
first few planks identifying position : 17-Jul-2013
We thought the planned task was to build a simple two plank
sleeper bridge, but the day before learned that we were to build a 6
plank Board Walk. This allowed the sometimes muddy wide ditch
to be completely bridged, from the high bank to the west sloping
gently down to the low bank to the east. With just the planks
laid out, a regular dog walker told us that the water was often
twice the depth needed to cover the pallets - so we hope the new
boardwalk will mean the route is always dry.
The Board Walk task went very smoothly, thanks to a strong team
willing to dig lots of deep holes in brick rich soil - the only
problem came with the last nail which took 4 attempts before
getting it to go straight into the hard bearer without bending!
We also cleared the undergrowth and protruding trees which had
made it difficult to use the path to the east as far as the "stile
with gap" and the edge of the field.
The k/g under construction : 17-Jul-2013
Meanwhile a small party of 4 replaced
the stile by the road with a metal k/g. A simple task,
but hot work in the sun, with the meadow scorched brown.
The seat in the shade by the Lily Pond :
This part of Path M268 is not an ACWA route, but links to Walk
20. A fine feature of this walk is the Lily Pond, complete
with Carp and a seat in shade all the morning - this alone makes it
"worth a detour", and with the new improvements should deservedly
get used more.
The day was sunny, and the hottest day in 2013 so far. All
were warned to use sun lotion, wear a hat and drink plenty.
The last point was pushed hard by John supplying his usual NAAFI
service, but mainly with cold drinks at very frequent
intervals! At the Board Walk site we had even better service
from the surrounding trees which provided full shade for all the
task team for nearly all the time we were doing the work - even
keeping the site for the last nail shady right to the end.
All was completed by about 1:00pm. Over half of us got
to "The Queen's Head" for a very welcome lunch.
The WP day on 21-Aug-2013 will be used to carry out path
clearance on a few areas which need more attention than an Overseer
can give while checking a walk. Details to follow soon.
The next session is planned on:
August 2013 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm|
"Hollyhurst Lakes" car park GR 376 852
(1 on map)
Car Park or "path behind the hill"
start (2 on map)
Path clearance and Way Mark Post
The probable 2013 dates (assuming 3rd Wed every month Jan-Nov
agreed at AGM) are:
Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can? Please
contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251
for further information.