The Tunnel Slope Handrail

Over a few summer weekends in 2012 our happy gang of volunteers set to work to install approximately 85m of handrail down the tunnel slope from the car park to the towpath. This was after many many villagers approached us to do the work as the slope is very steep and very slippery after rain and snow. The handrail has proved very popular, with many comments on the high standard of workmanship, including praise from Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways).

All compliments to Rob and Eddie who did all of the hard work including hand digging all but 2 of the vertical posts in by hand. They are set 2' 6" deep, no mean feat!! The digger just had to be brought in for one short length where we found the concrete ran under the grass and was 2' deep.

At the same time the boys also added a handrail to the new slope leading down from the Spinney to the towpath.

then

From this..... ...

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Volunteers Eddie and Rob worked hard
to install the fabulous handrail.

now

to this......

(19) installing hand rail to tunnel slope june 201
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You can see from the images (above) the hard work that has gone into transforming the Tunnel Spinney. What next? The path will be extended and exit to the towpath at the 18 mile marker, by Jim's bench. Benches will be added along the new stretch and new tree and wildflower planting is planned. There is a large area of brambles to be cleared and we've Hazel saplings waiting to take their place. And then of course........we are going to start the offside Spinney!