Guildford Group of the Ramblers' Association

Footpath News

Next footpath working date is Thursday 5th July

Here is a list of the dates for the rest of 2018
August 9th (could be 2nd or 16th if numbers might be better)
September 6th
October 4th (may need to be 11th - st a week away we have yet to firm up)
November 8th
December 6th

Given below is an account of June's working party activity

With a number of ‘regulars’ away today plus one or two (hopefully minor) indispositions, 7 of us + John Baker worked on a new route leading up to the magnificent Pitch Hill viewpoint, near Ewhurst. Hurtwood Control are creating a permissive path to deal with the conflict between mountain bikers & walkers, currently riders undoubtedly having a wonderful time can descend at great speed through twists & turns only to come across people on foot with possibly painful not to mention likely dangerous consequences. Subject to all going well a formal diversion of the footpath will be sought in due course.

Even with these somewhat restricted numbers we had a productive morning in which we:

Built a ‘landing’ platform & two steps adjacent to Moon Hall Road.Relocated a fingerpost.Erected two waymark posts.Cut down a very large rhododendron.Cut back a number of low tree branches, following felling by Mark (from Hurtwood Control) of large falling & falling trees using a chainsaw.Cleared bracken, myrtle, brambles & thickly laying bramble brash to establish 70/80 yards of new path up the hillside.

Hurtwood Control had already built an impressive flight of steps at the top of this route. We may well return to cut through a straight route to replace a snaking route immediately below these steps, which may prove too tempting to those on two wheels. However in addition to us running out of time (& 'puff’) this would involve at least some steps & possibly the odd handrail. We didn’t have the materials & actually the work, including other vegetation & tree clearance, would undoubtedly be sufficient to keep us busy for a complete morning.
June 18 working party

Here’s an acton shot together with our Chairman & Warden/Walks Programme compiler taking a breather!

The weather was a bit grey, but any showers which were around had the decency to stay away, with only the slightest sprinkle on the windscreen on the way home.

Thank you so much to all who were able to come to work with such good natured application & skill. On the latter point Duncan showed a previously hidden talent to locate the lost keys to Mark’s pick-up truck - a case actually of skill at finding something hidden rather than a hidden skill. Given they could have been dropped wherever the chain saw was in operation & the depth of the brash, leaf litter & piles of branches this was nothing short of amazing.

The date for diaries next month is Thursday 5th July. The task is yet to be finalised but is likely to be much closer to Guildford this time

Best wishes to all & I look forward to seeing you whenever you can come along,
Colin   07764 616254 or 01483 535027



Sunday, June 24, 2018