Path Watch At One

It’s a year today since the first Path Watch blog post on Bartin & Greaves Planning Applications  That dreadful application was turned down by the Peak Park planning committee and the wholesale destruction of these precious bridleways averted. In a classic council cock up Kirklees snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by allowing the developers contractors to have a go at trashing the bridleways anyway. Damage that even now they will not rectify.

And it’s the comedy cocktail of council cock ups and indifference that remains the biggest threat to good quality public access to our local countryside and the continuing inspiration for this blog.

Some low lights from the first year…

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Spring Hd Dump 2 (1 of 1)

Holmfirth FP 166 (1 of 1)

To be continued…..

Evolution

Stone Stile (1 of 1)

A bit of rural evolution visible here. As you can see from the two upright stone posts this was originally a gateway. Long before my time back when the land was enclosed for agriculture. I do however recall the second stage of evolution which  was the part walling up of the gateway to form a gap for the public footpath between the right hand post and straight line of stones a third in from it. The gap was there for decades until a few years back when it too was walled up and a very steep stone through stile put in for the footpath.

The stile was never easy to cross and is even worse now as one of the stone steps has broken off requiring a pretty tough gymnastic movement by the walker to reach the wall top.