Holmfirth Footpath 165.New Sign & Significant Haircut.

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Before. December 2019.
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After. January 2020 (Kirklees photo)

PathWatch is pleased to report that Holmfirth Footpath 165 has had a significant short back and sides to the laurel hedges which just about met in the middle. A new footpath sign has been installed and surface vegetation cut back too.

Thank you to Kirklees staff for this.

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Holmfirth Footpath 165. Now usable.
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New sign. (Kirklees photo)

Kirklees “Water Trough” Monitor Leaving For Drier Pastures.

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It is reported in the  Harrogate Informer  that Kirklees Strategic Director and some time authoriser of “unauthorised” water troughs on Holmfirth Paths , Mr Karl Battersby, is leaving the promised land of Kirklees to join North Yorkshire County Council where he will look after Highways & Waste.

PathWatch would like to take this opportunity to offer our deepest condolences to ramblers in North Yorkshire.

Clayton Fields Public Inquiry.

 

 

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This green and pleasant land. Public Footpath in Kirklees.

public inquiry is to be held next week into the soup of claims and stopping ups on the paths at Clayton Fields,Edgerton,Huddersfield. A flavour of this particular disaster can be read in Clayton Fields – Peak Parody? There have been further developments since that article but even PathWatch lost track (got bored?Ed) of the councils tortuous efforts to deny public access to a popular urban greenspace and build houses on it instead.

If you are having trouble sleeping the Inquiry starts at 10.00am on 21st January 2020 at Brian Jackson House,New North Parade,Huddersfield. HD1 5JP.

Holmfirth Footpath 146 Tops New Year Charts.

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Holmfirth Footpath 146

Holmfirth Footpath 146 at Upper Millshaw first hit the PathWatch hit parade way back in 2017, path pickers, and has charted regularly ever since the original hit Baby Steps at Upper Mill Shaw – Holmfirth Footpath 146 The mega hit BS:5709. How Hard Can It Be?  was in the charts longer than Paul McCartney’s dirge Mull Of Kintyre and was equally loathed by ramblers and easy listening fans alike.

After a quiet period chart wise the path became a Christmas no.1 for 2019 and hits the new year  at the top of the charts. As you can see from the photos the public path has been obliterated by works associated with a nearby development. The legal line of the path has gone and so to the proposed diversion (new path) approved by kirklees as a splendid idea at committee in July 2019.

This could be top of the path pickers charts for months to come…. Whatever you do don’t try to walk it.

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The proposed new path.

 

 

Holmfirth Footpath 85

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December 2019 Top of the steps

One of the small jobs done by Kirklees as a result of input from Councillor Paul Davies was the clearance of long standing vegetation from a flight of steps on Holmfirth Footpath 85. As you can see from the final photo in this piece the steps were so overgrown you’d hardly know a public footpath existed. This type of long term neglect is typical in the Holme Valley.

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December 2019 bottom of the steps

The steps need some TLC themselves now that they are back with us. As you can see from the photo above there is a longstanding  drainage issue at the bottom of the steps completely obstructing further passage. This still needs addressing a year after making the Highway Authority aware.

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November 2018 Top of the steps

 

Colne Valley Bridleway 197 – Open!

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Previously on PathWatch we’ve blogged about a couple of large beech trees coming down on this popular bridleway and the sluggish response to getting them cleared. After last weeks job half done it’s pleasing to report that the route is now clear. The broken guardrail has also been cleared away. It will be interesting to see if this ever gets replaced.