Last Thursday four volunteer Path Wardens and I did some work on the steps at Elphinstone leading onto the Pencaitland Railway Walk. We replaced some of the wooden uprights and dug out the weeds that had overgrown many of the steps. We then lugged whindust up the steps to re-surface them all. I am very grateful for all of the hard work that the Path Wardens put in. It was a lot of hard work on a surprisingly warm day. The steps look so much better for it all. The path leading to Elphinstone and the Railway Walk have recently been resurfaced using Ulti-trec, so the steps were looking a little scruffy until this work was done.
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Contrary to what i may have said to a few of you, we are not going to be working on the River Tyne, instead we shall tackle some repairs to a flight of steps adjoining the Pencaitland Railway Walk at Elphinstone. Though a relatively small job – it will only need say 6-8 of you and should only take the morning, I trust it is one that will give both on the ground experience and a sense of satisfaction -se…eing dodgy steps made good is always satisfying and we need to do this at other sites around the county (yes Janice, I am thinking of the Tyne at Tyninghame, amongst others).
So, if you would like to attend, as i am away, can you email Nick who’ll be in charge at mailto:email@example.com
Parking: In Elphinstone as best as you can. Please don’t park on the access road / path itself as it is both new and the landowner is not keen on vehicles there.
Work to be done:
Steps to repair – between 5-7- and tidying up around their edges. Some ‘rural joinery’ practice and a bit of hauling up of whin dust from the bottom of the steps will form the basis of this task which should only take a few folk the morning.
Training. Nick is a grand step master so will guide the work.
If it is benign and butterfly-like he may divert you along these lines, too.
What to bring?
Old clothes for working in – including boots and gloves if you have them.
Bring also some food and drink for lunch
Hammer if you have on
A few spades for the group as a whole
Tools and Equipment being used on the day:
Saws – for cutting step risers
Mattock – for knocking in stakes
Spirit level – I can dream – for getting steps and risers perfectly level and vertical!
Hammers – for nailing stakes to risers
Claw hammer / crow bar for taking out any bent nails. Surely there’ll be none!
Let Nick know if you plan to come along, thanks!
Join us on a guided walk along the River Tyne Path on Saturday 30th April.
The walk will give you a great way to stretch your legs, perhaps discover this delightful route for the first time, but certainly the chance to learn more about the wildlife, history and management of the path and its surrounding countryside – from the volunteers and from our local experts, rangers from the ELC Countryside Ranger Service, who will be stationed at various points along the route.
See more details, and register, on the SpringTyne Stroll page.
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