Thursday, 26 March 2020


Last week we developed some ways of working that we were happy that satisfied the need to distance.
In the light of the new anti virus arrangements, we have decided we need to cease all working

Nearly all CROWS love walking so will be taking our daily exercise and might use the walks to survey paths that need work done in the future.

Monday, 23 March 2020


On this gloriously sunny day, Lynda and Stella went (in separate cars) to Knott Wood to test out what can be done (and not done) safely and effectively at a distance of 2+ metres apart.
A delightful path; but it required scraping and removal of mulch  as well as widening and levelling. There is still more to do! These sorts of jobs can readily be done in pairs at the required distance, without sharing tools. Putting in a waymark post can not!

Work funded by donations to CROWS


Mulch removed to reveal a stone path 6 inches beneath

Narrow path with a down-slope camber - not great in rain

This should make it easier

Friday, 20 March 2020

SLACK, path down into the Crags

Virus warnings and other emergencies led to a smaller team out today.  Ken preserved his distance by working alone in the depot and Paul and Ian S. took to the hills and continued work on steps at Stephenson House.
Mo and Ginny worked on the path from Slack (at junction of Widdop turnoff) down into the Crags.
First task was to put in a waymark post at the top of the woodland.

Heading downwards, we appreciated the work Paul and Stella had already done on this path as the start of it was now almost dry.  Not so further down, however; there was a lot of mulch to clear and holly to cut back.

(The clean stones are actually the top of the wall where people had been walking)

After much hard labour the stone path was uncovered. Hopefully this will now dry out, but there is more still to be done!


Paul and Ian cut new path alongside existing path that had been severely damaged by floodwater erosion. More work to be done on this...(funded by Wadsworth Camera Club).


Paul and Ian completed repair work to a stile at the bottom of the steps on a permissive path that runs adjacent to Stephenson House:

Monday, 16 March 2020


Bernard worked on a steep slippery slope at the top of the wood that had a few steps remaining from long ago.

Once the mud was cleared, it was possible to see what could be salvaged. Eventually the approach to the gate was much improved

Heidi and Lynda cleared other paths of thick mud and also replaced a marker post that someone, for reasons unknown, had decided to remove! They then put another post half-way up the path to Hill House Farm, so that walkers on the children's 'Meadow Walk' could be sure of the direction to take.

Is it straight?

Funded by Mytholmroyd Walkers Action
Clear from a distance

Friday, 13 March 2020


This was the letter that Will Sutcliffe, Calderdale Ramblers footpaths officer received from Wainwright after Will had pointed out the error in his directions. The board below shows Wainwright's route

Cath, Ken and Nigel worked on a cluster of jobs around Mount Olivet Chapel and Jumble Hole.

The old Pennine Way sign showing the Wainwright diversion was lying on the floor looking very sorry for itself. The board was refurbished, with new uprights attached, at the depot.

After much discussion between ourselves and passing walkers, we decided this was the best place for the sign

The board is now installed by the chapel.

Two woodland paths were then walked out, cutback and levelled. More work is required on these paths. (Sorry no photos of paths)