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
- 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
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
- 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..
mini-Map - Click this link for A4
The temporary two sleeper bridge, on better alignment
and with earthworks beyond to the south :
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
s/b 3 with just beyond a new WMP where path M297 turns
off to the left :