Boardwalk Bash – what a difference a year makes!
Subscribers to the Dartmoor National Park blog will recall an article in April 2011 about how a group of regular walkers had set about raising funds for and then repairing and making safe a boardwalk. Well rather than leave the story with the group needing a further £300 to raise read on to see how they have got on!
A 200m long boardwalk across Pixie’s Moor, South Tawton has been successfully covered in sheets of weld mesh to increase all year round safety for users. The footpath is well used and gives access to a small piece of wet flush on the edge of Cosdon Beacon giving an opportunity for users to view a variety of flora especially in the spring and summer months without getting their feet wet!
Paul’s Tuesday Walking Group (Paul Rendell is Editor of Dartmoor News Magazine) had rightly complained about the slippery nature of the surface after prolonged periods of wet weather (not unusual for Dartmoor!) but rather than leaving it like that they then set about raising the £800.00 required to purchase the weld mesh to overcome this problem. The group and subscribers to the magazine generously donated money to this worthy cause and then some members of the group came out to start the process of fixing the mesh to the wooden structure last year.
The final session to complete the task took place on a very cold and wet Monday in January with snow having to be cleared from the surface of the boardwalk before the final sheets could be fixed on.
This has been a really worthwhile project and a massive thanks goes out to all concerned for such positive action in overcoming a problem and during a time of such financial austerity!!
Ranger Ian Brooker – Ranger Sector H