Saturday, December 16, 2017


Mick, Gerald and Ken worked to drain and clear a path on Penny Lane.

Path before

After drainage work

Now improved

Friday, December 8, 2017


A very cold but bright day ..... Ginny, Bernard, Ruth, Ken, Gerald , Eleanor were out ( and Lynda transported some tools at the start of proceedings). Today's main jobs were re-siting and stabilising 6 finger posts and doing a bit of cutting back - all work identified whilst doing bridleway marking earlier in the year.

This post on Cote Road, Ripponden was rotten and couldn't be salvaged so Bernard and Ken put in a new short post and nailed on the flag which was found in the undergrowth nearby! ( Apologies for poor photo of flag! It was in pristine condition!), This was the second of 2 posts they re-set on Cote Road.

Meanwhile .....

 Gerald and Ginny digging a hole to put in this abandoned finger post on Ripponden Old Lane

Three more posts now upright

Ruth and Eleanor put in this small marker post with BW markers at a junction of this network of bridleways.

Strong Man Bernard wielding another BW post before he and Ken re-sited it at the edge of Blackwood Common.

Ginny, Ruth, Gerald and Eleanor did some lopping and cutting back on another bridleway off Long Causeway before bitter cold stopped play!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017


Paul and Frank continued with the 22nd Nov 2017 task of stabilising and improving the 'desire-line' path at the 'back of The Crag'.
An existing, narrow, sloping path was widened and supported on the slippery downward side by revetment. Steps were added to prevent further erosion and improve access.

Stage One: Two sections of revetment constructed (poor photo quality due to murky conditions)

Stage Two: Path widened, three steps added and downslope banked.

Where does this path go? As the photo below shows, to a rocky scramble; and then upwards over safer ground, to the top of The Crag.

The 'scramble' is a bit trickier than the photo suggests, although it was easily negotiated by an elderly pensioner, with two artificial hips, carrying the additional burdens of a rucksack and two trekking poles! It may not, however, be suitable for the average Sunday afternoon stroller!

Further down the path was widened and some revetment added to stabilise the route at a point just below the steps that were installed in November.

There is more that could be done on this route, but any further work will depend on the wishes of the National Trust.

The other team went to Windle hill to deal with several drainage problems. This is part of the route of the CLDWA route for the Hebden event in January.

Friday, December 1, 2017


Eleanor, Ruth, Ginny and Lynda widening a footpath off Mytholm Steeps

Precipitous work site!

Easy to slip off the path

Ginny makes a start .....

That's better!

Lynda holding on for dear life as she clears overhanging branches on the wall at top of the slope .. and below the much improved path with Ruth and Lynda modelling ......

But we reckoned that it still needs revetements at the steepest parts to make it safe!

Then we joined the rest of the work party who were working on the Riverside Path and Slurring Rocks Path at Hardcastle Crags digging drainage ditches , clearing gullies and putting in a magnificent box step.

Richard and Nigel worked on the Riverside path in Hardcastle Crags installing a box step near the bottom of a flight where a step was missing.

A section of step waits to go in before some ground preparation

The finished job -2 square frames making a 12 inch rise and covered with tread board-it will get muddy and blend in with time

We then did some drainage work at the top of the steps where water was spilling over the path making it very muddy and causing erosion

Then, joined by the Rawtenstall crew, we dealt with several more drainage issues along the riverside path. There were four major problems on the upper path where water was spilling over the rocks across the path. These were all gullies blocked by silt and leaves. The one in the photo above when unblocked drained a large pond where water had backed up covering part of the footpath

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Bernard, Fred and Richard J continued on clearing drain on Trimmer Lane - a much bigger job than we were expecting, so return visit mob-handed needed!

There is a drain in here somewhere!

Now you can see it

Dick, Gerald, Dave, Frank, Stella, Rich, Paul, Graham and Stuart worked on the Pennine Way at Colden.

The first job was to finish off clearing the stone slabs - they look great.

The completed slabs

 Lower down there was water running over the path on to the steps so we put in a drain into the channel in the neighbouring field.

Water pouring down the path

The step edges had become overgrown so that they were now very narrow. They needed clearing so that aggregate could be put down (probably in the Spring).

Overgrown and flooded steps

Fitting flexi-drain pipe to take water to an adjacent drain ditch.
Flagstones being re fitted.
Looks better with the hidden drain.

All cleared
                      Couple of the step risers need replacing and a tread-board higher up is shot.