Monday, 12 March 2018

Footpath work at Bosley Cloud on Sunday 11th March 2018

Just three MNTV volunteers turned out to continue footpath work on Bosley Cloud, although that wasn't a problem as we were also working with a larger group of Congleton volunteers.

The popular walk to the top of The Cloud has led to the paths becoming eroded and widening as people seek to avoid muddy and waterlogged ground. To combat this, Tim the ranger has been installing raised log borders and drains along the path. 

We began by cutting down some unwelcome birch trees on the heath and using them to make a brash border to discourage people from leaving the existing path.

At lunchtime we took the short trip to the top of the hill to enjoy views of the Cheshire countryside. We then joined Tim and the Congleton group working on the log borders.

This involved digging down through compacted sand and grit which felt like it had almost become sandstone, putting in upright posts along the border of the path and then laying long logs on top to create the actual border.

By the end of the day we had put down about 80 yards of brash and 30 yards of log border. We'll be back in May to continue the work.

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