Good Midweeker on Cawston Greenway

Good midweeker today and we carried on with the path widening. It’s tough ripping out the scrub but it has to be done. What is left is a lovely wide path that will allow all users enough room to comfortably use the greenway. It will also allow walkers and cyclists to stick to dry ground as the rain creates puddles on the original path.

We cleared the path from the fire downwards. The last bit in the foreground is just about to be ripped out by me.

Hopefully grass will establish itself on the newly cleared areas. However, we have to bear in mind that we have not removed the bramble roots, so we need to do this at some point, or we will just be fighting a losing battle.

Looking north at the point where we are at with the path widening. It's daunting but we are making good progress.

We are about to break out onto the top of the embankment and the clearing gets a lot easier. I think it might be wise to carry on to the new underpass. When we get to this point then we need to go back to the second picnic clearing and push downwards towards Potford’s Dam. This is going to be tough because it is in cutting and also it is a long walk to get there.

The good news is that we are creating a lovely safe walk or cycleway to Draycote Water Park. I am going to investigate the flooding at the section that goes under the A45 and maybe just rip out all the trees so that a new path can be formed around the standing water. Eventually Sustrans will sort this bit out properly but due to the current spending cuts, this could be a long way off.

Next workday is at the flooded area near to The Bear. I am looking forward to seeing if we can fix this, or end up having to go around it!

Paul

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One Response to Good Midweeker on Cawston Greenway

  1. Matt E. says:

    Hi Paul,
    I had a look at the flooding towards the Bear on Sunday, it wasn’t too bad but it has been dry for quite a while. I think it may be worth having a dig either side of the path to see if we can uncover any of the old trackside drainage or old rail ballast if it’s still there that should get rid of the problem. It should then just take a channel or two to drain the puddles.

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