The summer 2019 edition of Now That’s What I Call Things On Footpaths That Probably Shouldn’t Be There! Enjoy Ramblers!
A change is as good as a rest they say. Whilst it’s good to explore new paths in different areas it’s a shame the same old problems of dodgy stiles and obstructions remain an irritating ever present wherever you go. They’re certainly something that can always be relied upon on public footpaths. They say you are never more than 6 feet away from a rat in the town and it would seem the rural equivalent is an obstruction on a public path.
I planned a quick mile walk using an OS map to secure a view of a passing steam train on the Worth Valley Line. Part of the route was on the “Worth Valley Way” and another section the “Railway Children Walk” In that mile or so I battled with nettles, skinny stiles,barbed wire and broken gates. If Jenny Agutter herself had stepped out onto the path waving a pair of red bloomers warning of an upcoming hazard I wouldn’t have been surprised!
The train was good.
At this rate PathWatch will be retiring soon. Holmfirth Footpath 133 had been wrecked by the twin troubles of 4×4’s and water damage. As can be seen above the promised repairs have now been undertaken and to a good standard too. Real pleasure to see it and walk up there.
In other good news a new hard wood footbridge has been ordered by Kirklees to replace Blackpool Bridge and it is hoped this will be in by the autumn. Good news indeed.
Holmfirth Footpath 57 at Upperthong has been resurfaced by Kirklees. The popular path was something of a quagmire and overdue some TLC. The work promised last year has now been carried out and is a big improvement.
PathWatch has inadvertently provided a useful public service by walking the nettle infested path to Cartworth. We can assure you,ramblers, that the nettles of 2019 are well and truly stinging! You’re welcome.
Regular readers may recall that this path was cleared by Path Watch Fairies this time last year in connection with England’s World Cup campaign. It would seem that the women’s team aren’t having the same effect.
And just to show that nothing ever gets better in the world of Kirklees public rights of way here’s a photo of Hilda’s steps looking like …..well a lost world with uncontacted tribes like they always do in the summer.
A link to the Order Decision for the Inquiry opened on 29 January 2019 by Mark Yates BA(Hons) MIPROW an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Decision date: 17 June 2019. Huddersfield Byway 231 in English 🙂
News has reached the PathWatch office that the planning inspector has confirmed the order in the long running saga of Huddersfield Byway 231. The way is now a bridleway and confirmation of the order will shortly be advertised in the press and on site.
Huge congratulations to Kirklees Bridleways Group for their persistence and hard work which has made this happen and also to the public who gave evidence at the inquiry in January.
It is still possible for the order to be challenged on procedural grounds but not on the evidence.
More on this in due course.