The 'STEPS-R-US' gang of Ray, Paul and Frank H were in action, near Cranberry Dam, trying to improve a path that leads steeply into then steeply out-of a gully.
South bank of gully (before)
Here's the south bank of the gully. Originally the path may have continued close to the outlet of the 0.7 m diameter drainage pipe, but successive downpours have washed away any decent footholds.
At the moment the main option for walkers is to go down the scarred banking in order to cross the stream at the bottom left of the picture.
They are then faced with . . .
. . . North bank of gully (before)
The perspective is deceptive. The scramble from the stream to the path at top right is ever steepening.
The stream is a trickle at the moment but the size of the drainage pipe suggests, at times, the flow could be considerable. The brown/orange deposits on the stream bed indicates the water, at some point, flows through rocks with traces of iron ore.
After a longish walk to the worksite, a brief discussion clarified thoughts on the best lines for the sets of steps and what preliminary clearance work was needed. Subsequently Paul and Ray tackled the South bank and Frank the North.
Part way through the afternoon:-
South bank of gully (after)
The banking has been cut back to shift the path more to the left. After this picture was taken another step was constructed, revetment was added to the right-hand edge and the profile of the next two steps was dug out.
There may be another step needed at the bottom of the flight to act perhaps as a lead onto a short boardwalk.
North bank of gully (after)
Steps constructed to sweep gracefully up towards the original path. The spoil from digging out part of the right-hand banking was used to landscape the left-hand banking.
After this picture was taken another step was constructed at the bottom of the flight just before the stream crossing.
The next few steps leading upwards will need careful alignment. The rise is steep . . . but we have a plan!
Although rain was forecast for early afternoon, it never appeared! In this sheltered sun-trap the conditions were ideal for sitting in the shade with a cool drink and lazily contemplating the meaning of life! Unfortunately we had the alternatives - strenuous digging, heavy hammering, vigorous drilling, buckets of perspiration . . . and about half the water we would really have liked!
There are more sessions to do on these steps with the work being funded by the Crook Hill Windfarm Community Fund.