Routes P and M Cleared

Work parties Sunday 13th August – John and Yvonne cleared overhanging branches, brambles etc. from route P Prescott over the river and Chris and Jo did similar on the top half of the main Hill Houses route up onto the common.  Also thanks to Jon for trying his best to join the work parties.

Over the last 3 weeks we have completed approaching 100 hrs of voluntary work on the bridleways. Something we can use to try to get help from the council towards larger projects. We will be chasing them.

Good News – Walters Lane

Had a call from council byways to say they will start work on improving Walters Lane in next couple of weeks. Hopefully the stone will be delivered next week and then they will bring their digger over and complete the work.

Not sure if any of our members did contact the council following my recent email but if so thank you.

New Wider Gate Installed

IMAGE_153Steve, John, Chris and Pete installed a new wicket gate at the top of Hill Houses to replace a narrow gate which was difficult to open and had a dangerous latch sticking out. It is now usable but we do need to build up the ground under the gate over the large stone.

Clearance Party

A group of us (John, Steve, Yvonne, Pete, Olwen, James, Gill, Clare, Arthur and myself) cleared this route. Great to see so many helpers but we always need more. We filled Steve’s large farm trailer with brashings (thanks Steve for bringing this with your tractor and taking it away).

The aim is to allow access by a mini digger so that we can dig some drains to hopefully make this route suitable even in wet weather which at the moment it is not.

Will update with further info when we have worked on the drainage.

The route is still OK to ride while it is still dry.