Spend A Penny To save A Pound. Holmfirth Footpath 66 After Storms Ciara & Dennis

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A good slice of this popular path has been washed away over the past two weekends of heavy rain. But are Ciara and Dennis really responsible?

The network of walled footpaths and bridleways in this area provided access to a number of small farms and settlements prior to the construction of Digley Dam and reservoir. At that time, some 70 odd years ago, all the tenants were evicted by the new landlord – the water board.

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Had the water board, now Yorkshire Water, and possibly Kirklees Council continued to maintain the extensive network of open land drains and culverts which drained the footpaths,bridleways and adjoining land perhaps these routes would be in a better position today? Another example of not spending a penny to save a pound? Certainly another good example of how unconsolidated stone aggregate laid and rolled in on these steep upland paths is not the answer.

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This limestone was thrown down by Yorkshire Water contractors and made a cosmetic difference while masking  as serious underlying drainage issue which was not tackled.

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