Works will commence early tomorrow,Wednesday 19th February with the arrival of a truckload of stone,then the skimming of the surface of the ground before spreading the stone and then compacting it to give the Trailhead a firm and even surface all over.
The TRAILHEAD will remain closed to all other vehicles to allow the ground to settle - your cooperation is very
much appreciated.The works will contribute to safer and easier parking at the TRAILHEAD.
The stones won't be quite this size but you get the idea!
Today was a wondrous day at the Rock because the sun shone from early morning.
Spent some time clearing litter from the roadside along the wall as drivers passed civilly to work or whatever.
Then walkabout from inside the old gate at the west end to check on fallen trees,take some photos and observe what surprises Nature had in store by way of new arrivals in the plant department:-of such there were three:- the first the Primrose but no flower yet;followed by Arum,the Stinking Lily in leaf but not in flower;with the last but not least,the bank of Periwinkle with ONE tiny,daisy-like purple flower showing!
What an unexpected delight!
Next made my way by way of the 'Trademan's Entrance' otherwise the Gully,a short- cut to the river trail to walk or swim east towards the WREN'S WELL and beyond!The trail was littered and smothered with fallen trees of all hues as well as smashed boughs and branches.Took me quite a time to get to the Well which chattered playfully away while shimmering in the sunlight and carrying reflections of the tall Poplars about.The area was under water for some fifty meters or more beyond the Well so I had a choice to make,go on or return by the Gully.Decided instead to make a detour by scrambling up the slope while using the footing by the trees to ease my ascent.The number of uprooted trees here was astonishing,lying as if a giant hand had simply pushed them over.Images of these will follow in the next few days,dv.After a struggle found myself on the Blue Trail at the seat in the recess of the track before the turn off to the Pine Wood.First had to spend time breaking and pulling multiple branches from a fallen Beech bough-
a task that took me some forty five minutes.A sit down then to refresh and rest the weary bones before making my way to the Trailhead by way of the road to meet a colleague to discuss and arrange for the work outlined above.
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