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On 19-Oct-2016 a WP installed a new set of steps near Lavender Hall Fishing Lakes, on 21 Circular Walk 2.

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The Steps before (view from bottom) : 23-Aug-2016             &      after  (view from top)  19-Oct-2016
These two photos by Aaron of SMBC

October Achievements

Site 1 SW.   Installed a new set of steps to replace the dangerous old  steps. 

Site 1 is where we installed a kissing gate on 21-Sep-2016.  The k/g was debatably the last stile on Walk 2 (BUT there are 2 stiles at Site 3, where for most people there is a narrow gap beside each of them, plus another stile where the path reaches Spencer's Lane at Carol Green which at one time was bypassed by a gap, but for recent years the gap is usually blocked by a locked f/g).

However one of the worst objects in the way of walkers was the very rough steps on the South West side of Site 1, and we always said that we should rebuild a good set of steps to replace the hazard on the same day we replaced that last stile!  We failed, but only by one month!

The new steps were carefully planned, and to save cost we used six good second hand steps from stiles we had replaced with k/gs - including two from the Sep-2016 WP.  SMBC supplied us with stakes to support the steps and about 2 tons of stone for making a good draining filling and a good surface.  Then all that was needed was most of our stock of screws and plenty of good volunteers.

Aaron email "Thank you for your efforts this morning! And for those of the team. Once again, a brilliantly successful day out and I am delighted with the outcome."

Aaron must also be thanked.  Not only did he make the arrangements, but helped with the work while he waited for the delivery of the second ton of stones! 

Deep discussions about future
WPs : 19-Oct-2016

Final bag of stones being carried to the
kissing gate : 19-Oct-2016

Site 1 NE.   Made a temporary stone path over the blocked Culvert.  

Just NE of the Kissing Gate installed in Sep-2016, we discovered that the culvert going under the Footpath and Farm Track is blocked.  This makes the ditch upstream overflow, making parts of the meadow and the Footpath and Farm Track often flooded or at least muddy.

SMBC and the landowners know about it, and are working on the best plan to repair the situation.

As a temporary fix, we made the path a narrow but thick layer of stones, but with a small gap (about one foot wide and one foot deep, but half filled with stones) to let flood water trickle over the path and walkers to step over the ditch.

Temporary Stoned path & "Shallow
overflow ditch" : 19-Oct-2016

Sites 2 & 3 Waymark Posts

     Two  new Finger Posts were installed to act as Waymark Posts at these sites.

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We had 7 volunteers to work, plus help from Aaron.

A day of fine sunny weather, with not a drop of rain.  We finished at 13:25 - just 5 mins before last orders for hot food at the on site cafe, so half the team went up and ordered for the whole team while the other half packed up the tool wagons.  A very satisfying meal!


The next WP is due on on Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Details below.

Note that the WP to build the new boardwalk to extend the "long bridge to mud" to reach dry grass, north of Carol Green will not be possible until later in 2016.


Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm

Location: On CW 03 from Tanners Lane (GR 264 779)
                  to Duggins Lane (GR 266 776)
Park at: Near to Site 3 (Probably most cars must be parked (with due considerations of the residents) in the Housing roads off  Duggins Lane )
Meet at: Site 3 (see also note 1 below)

Replace Stiles with 3 K/G (Sites 2 & 3) 
         see Map for details 

Notes re WP:

  1. Tool wagons and SMBC vehicles may be able to park in Kinorigo factory next to Site 3
  2. The map is a Google Map (because Bing Map new version is not working for new maps now) and Google Maps are adequate, but will for some people not be visible without logging on as a Google User.

    If you are one of those, please let me know.
      Instead of above link use the fixed view for
    ACWA WP 16-Nov-2016 I have put on this site.
  3. The 2 stiles by site 1 will be replaced by 1 k/g on another WP in due course.

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The probable 2016 dates (assuming 3rd Wed every month Jan-Nov as agreed at the AGM) will be:

  • 16-Nov-2016 


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

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