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Next WPPrevious WP ACWA Working Party

From 30-Oct-2013 to 20-Nov four WPs have taken place restoring a dryer path along the Definitive Route at the north end of Corley Moor CRoW Open Access area.

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The 3 sleeper bridge and the site for the 2 sleeper extension to be added on 13-Nov which will take the bridge to where bob is standing : 6-Nov-2013

October 30th + November Achievements

On 30-Oct-2013 a WP made a start at restoring a dryer path along the Definitive Route at the north end of Corley Moor CRoW Open Access area. Work done included:

  • Built one 3 plank long x 2 plank wide s/b and started building two more s/b and one small temporary bridge
  • Dug ditches under each s/b site and cleared enough of the main ditch nearby to get a large proportion of all the water in the ditch flowing under the route of the path
  • Cleared most undergrowth and dead trees from all of the 100 metre stretch

Note: See mini-Map on right.  Click the link to see bigger version.  The map shows status we reached by end of Phase 1 of this project.

Based on Marked-up OSM Map for this area

Almost unbelievable - the day was again warm & sunny, though very wet underfoot following the previous Sunday nights heavy rain.  All was completed by about 1:15pm.  Almost all of us (plus John Aylmer, looking well so soon after his operation) got to "Bull & Butcher" at Corley Moor for another very welcome lunch.

On 6-Nov-2013 we had the Planned "Digging Day", which in spite of trouble with rain on the days before and drizzle on the day achieved a lot of the required digging, plus initial clearing of the path through the wood to the south and improvements to the alignment of the temporary bridges.  However by 1:00 pm we decided to call it a day so once again almost all of us  got to "Bull & Butcher" at Corley Moor for another very welcome lunch.

On 13-Nov-2013 we returned again and completed the building of all the bridges started on 30-Oct.  We also did a bit more digging, but will still do more on 20-Nov before declaring the path open (then maybe more next year when the soil is drier to ensure the path stays dry and the ditches do not silt up too quickly).

We also moved east and south.  To the east we cut a dry path through the brambles and nettles where M297 definitive path should join ACW.  To the south, we marked the route for the path through the wood and down to where it will join the existing path.  We marked the route using canes with "yellow flags", consulting GPS to place them individually then visual alignment to make sure they follow a straight line or smooth curve matching the Definitive path.  Finally we  marked the end with a Way Mark Post and notice.

On 20-Nov-2013 we returned for the final session of this phase.

Work done included:

  • Building the final planned s/b near the southern end of Phase 1
  • Clearing the path from the southern end to the wood
  • Installing the planned Way Mark Posts, plus a single WMP at the southern end of the Open Access land.
  • Did a bit more the required digging!

We then declared this stretch now open for use, and returned to the "Bull & Butcher" for another very welcome lunch.

However we may very well come back sometime next year to add a few finishing touches..
 

    

Click mini Image to Open larger version in new Tab/Window : 21-Aug-2013
mini-Map - Click this link for A4 size
Updated 11-Nov-2013

 

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The temporary two sleeper bridge, on better alignment and with earthworks beyond to the south : 6-Nov-2013

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The WMP and notice plus a spare cane at the souther end of Phase 1, complete with notice outlining what we are doing : 14-Nov-2013

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s/b 3 with just beyond a new WMP where path M297 turns off to the left : 20-Nov-2013

Plans

The session planned for 15-Jan was moved to 22-Jan, and became a "Walking Party" - that is "... a couple of short walks for us to have a bit of a "teach in" as regards surveying some walks for Solihull ..."

The next full session planned will be on:

  Wednesday 19th February 2014 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: Bradnocks Marsh Lane by Mill Farm (GR 221 790)
Park at: On drive to Mill Farm house
Meet at: as above
Task(s): Putting in a wooden kissing gate and a metal kissing gate
  see Map for details

The probable 2014 dates (assuming 3rd Wed every month Jan-Nov as agreed at AGM on 5-Dec-2013) will be:

       
  • 19-Feb-2014
  • 19-Mar-2014
  • 16-Apr-2014
  • 21-May-2014
  • 18-Jun-2014  
    • 16-Jul-2014
    • 20-Aug-2014
    • 17-Sep-2014
    • 15-Oct-2014
    • 19-Nov-2014

    Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?  Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information.


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