Last Saturday there was a Sustrans workday at Accrington organised by the Mike Dagley, North of England Ranger co-ordinator. I was hoping to cycle the 20 miles up there but as we were working from 11 to 4pm and the 2 hour ride home in the failing light would have been a bit too much. The brief embrace between rear wheel and derailliaur on Thursday evening meant that the decision was made for me and instead of riding there I blagged a lift off Mike and Paul, another Sustrans employee responsible for maintenance across the North West.
The weather was kind to us; not as cold as previous days and with only a threat of rain. About 25 volunteers worked through the day, some of them local residents, others Rangers who had travelled from Blackburn, Rochdale, Salford and Derby.
The path was about 10 years old and probably hadn’t been touched by the local council, there is sometime the feeling that by doing such work we are letting the council off the hook, but it’s hoped that in the negociations with the council they agreed to better maintain the path whose we had finished our intensive tidy up exercise. The aim was to reclaim the whole width of the path, improve the sight lines and make the route more amenable by improving its appearance. The path formed a strategic linking route to NCN Route 6 which has itself been improved in this area over the last few months.
Some before and after photos posted. It was a busy day but with the large turnout we achieved what we had set out to do. The next workday is closer to home at Stubbins but in a month’s time and a bit too close to the expected date for the new arrival so I think I’ll give that one a miss.