Following a review of the route several sections were earmarked for improvement. Being based on an old railway line is beneficial in terms of being traffic free and generally flat or only facing slight gradients. However there are challenges in maintaining cycle paths based on railway lines due to the vegetation coverage that surrounds the embankment and cuttings.
|A section before the workday|
This work has been done in-between Moira and Donisthorpe except for 1 small section just south of the Youth Hostel. With Community Payback teams focusing on other areas of priority in Measham we decided to have a workday to resolve some of the problem areas on this small stretch used by cyclists, walkers and park-runners.
|Plenty of tools needed!|
We had advertised the workday amongst the local community and park-run to attract help and give people an insight into our work but ultimately it was our rangers Shawn, Robert, Alan, Megan, Chris and Myself that met at the Youth Hostel. We then walked down the path and worked around 2 areas of obvious concern although they had dried out since our last inspection. Using shovels and spades we did what we could scraping the mud off the surface back to the gravel layer.
|Alan, Shawn, Chris, Megan & Robert take a well earned breather|
|After the work.|
After a couple of hours of graft and some words of encouragement from the passing public we then retreated to the nearby Youth Hostel Cafe for a drink, cake and a meeting. We'd discussed how the scraping was difficult and had noted that there were sections of path which were currently ok but had early vegetative build-up that could be brushed or scraped away more easily.
|The next project.|
|Shawn working hard with the brush.|