The top hinge is broken on the gate on Route J as you come off the common onto the track by the entrance to The Mounts. This is quite dangerous as it is not obvious until you opne the latch and then the top half of the gate falls open. Be carefull. I will try to fix it as soon as I can or if anyone is in the area the hinge is there it just need new screws.
John, Chris, Clare, Pete (and Lando, pictured, and Oz) cleared the new permissive route and linking bridleways and put in some way-markers (complete with some very smart finger markers made by John). This should help people find their way but we could probably do with another couple of posts at points to make it clear which is the correct way to go.
The route is lovely to ride and makes a great addition to our network of off-road riding options.
Thanks to all who have helped get this opened (see previous post).
The new permissive route joining the Jack Mytton Way onto the Common is now open (see map). This has been our major project for 2013 and has taken a significant investment in time and material.
In the past this route was regularly used by horse riders and walkers and allowed access between the the two sides of the common avoiding the road. Unfortunately changes in drainage from adjoing land has meant this route became impassable.
The Jack Mytton Way near to the gate off the common by The Mounts entrance had also become very wet and difficult to negotiate in anything but very dry weather.
The Clee View Bridleway Group sort agreement from the land owners (Shropshire Wildlife Trust) for this route to be made a permissive bridleway which was granted in 2012. This was a major project and required a significant investment in materials and equipment hire.
We submitted a project proposal to the Cleobury and Rural Local Joint Committee for a grant to help with the costs of the work which was approved in July 2013. This made the project possible so many thanks to them for their support.
Over 3 days solid hard work and long days (August 8th, 9th and 10th) Steve and John, with some help from Chris and Yvonne, have done a fantastic job in making this route safe and usable for horse riders and walkers.
Thanks must particularity go to John Sutton for putting so much of his own time and energy into this project. Thanks must also go to Steve Jones for his expert digger driving and great skill in making impassable wet ground safe whilst minimising any damage to the landscape and wildlife.
The route now needs signage and also some clearance work to make the route clear and safe. We will be organising a work party soon to complete this work.
John has arranged with Steve to do the digger work on the new permissive route joining the Jack Myton Way stating Thursday 8th August. It is anticipated this will take 3 days (Thursday ,Friday and Saturday).
Please come along and help sometime over these days if you can. Help needed will include shovelling gravel, clearing route, and putting in new sign posts. Give either John or Steve a ring to check on timings and what you need to bring.
See map for location. We will be working at points 1 2 and 3.
The following is a copy of the consent form we have completed with Natural England to undertake the work on the permissive route and adjoining bridleway on Catherton Common.
Work party before nesting season starts to clear permissive route at back of The Green and route from new gate to 3 springs (Route K).
Hope to get a good turn out and then we should be able to finish in no more than a couple of hrs.
Please bring gloves, loppers, brush cutters, saws etc.
Meet 10:00am on the car park at The Mounts unless you hear otherwise.
Contact Chris 01299 270514 for directions
This was checked summer 2010 by Chris and Jo and was OK to ride