15th Jan: Dilhorne
Alan Bell leads a walking part of volunteers who carry out a range of tasks to improve and maintain local paths. Over the years, this stalwart group have replaced some stiles with kissing gates and repaired other stiles. They repaired bridges and installed new ones. They have cut back undergrowth, put in steps up steep banks and done a lot behind the scenes to keep our footpaths open and accessible. And they enjoy it!
If you can join them, either on a regular or an occasional basis, please give Alan a ring, or contact him by email
Colleagues will be pleased to know that the footpath team has remained active despite the cooler weather.
Photographs from Alan Bell posted by Stephen Merry.
Tony A. Paul T. Nigel H (Council) and myself made our way to Caverswall 13 where there was a stile and a footbridge in disrepair. We got permission to drive through the farm and down the field to Cresswell Piece where the stile led into a wood. The footbridge was repaired using a 6 ft beam across the brook, and the stile was replaced using two steps on the wood side and a extra step on the slope side.
Remove rotten hand rail from footbridge.
Fit complete hand and side rails, also one footpstep.
Team: Paul Turner, Alan Birks, Tony Adair, Alan Bell, Nigel Hopkins (Council)
Example of recent work around Dilhorne:
We all met up at Park Hall and made our way to Caverswall C14.
The edge was cut back, as it was hiding the finger post. We then went to C6 where we fitted a step, because one side of the stile was on a slope we fitted an extra step.
Alan Birks, Steve Jones, Howard Caton, Alan Bell & Nigel Hopkins (Staffs Council) all met up at Bolton Gate car park near Weston Coyney and made our way to footpath Caverswall 4 (Grid ref 949 441). We had to carry all the materials about 150 mtrs to a stile that was in disrepair. A full stile with two steps was fitted and repairs made to the barbed wire fence.
We then made our way to stile no. 2 at the far side of Caverswall 4 (Grid ref 947 436). We fitted another stile, with two steps, which was easy to get to by the side of a road. The hedge was cut right back so we could work on the stile.
At long last the working party is up and running. We met at the council depot at Werrington before heading off to Caverswall to footpath C3.
We fitted two complete stiles and cleared overgrown foliage from the paths. None of us hit our fingers knocking nails into the stiles which was more luck than skill, so afterwards we rewarded our selves with a well earned drink at the Windmill at Werrington.