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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 Road, Meriden.

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The new Board Walk nearing completion - just the last nail being hammered in  : 17-Jul-2013

July Achievements

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).

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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.

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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.

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The seat in the shade by the Lily Pond : 17-Jul-2013

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:

  Wednesday 21st August 2013 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm

Hollyhurst Farm area

Park at:

"Hollyhurst Lakes" car park GR 376 852 (1 on map)

Meet at:

Car Park or "path behind the hill" start (2 on map)


Path clearance and Way Mark Post improvements 
           see Map for Locations

The probable 2013 dates (assuming 3rd Wed every month Jan-Nov agreed at AGM) are:

  • 21-Aug-2013
  • 18-Sep-2013
  • 16-Oct-2013
  • 20-Nov-2013
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?  Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information.


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