The CWA is pleased to welcome Cotswold Walkers Transport Services as a business member. Their aim is to give visitors to the Cotswold the best possible experience by providing pick-up services to walkers and baggage transfers throughout the Cotswolds. Many thanks for your support.
We have recently received a cheque for £235 from Waitrose as a result of the CWA being selected as one of their charities in their Community Matters scheme. Many thanks to those Waitrose shoppers who put their green tokens in our bin.
The CWA is working with the Cotswold AONB Trails Officer to identify projects which the Trustees can support. The sort of things we have in mind are …
- Provision of handrails to help on the steeper slopes.
- Surface improvements in sections that are particularly muddy.
- Modifications to gates and replacing stiles to make sections of the trails more accessible to child buggies, wheelchairs and “Tramper” disability scooters.
The Cotswold Way and its circular routes are the CWA’s priority but the Trustees will also consider funding improvements on other named Cotswold trails. These are the Winchcombe, Wardens, Windrush and Diamond Ways, plus the Cotswold sections of the Wychavon, Monarchs, Macmillan, Heart of England, Gloucestershire and Wysis Ways.
We hope to compile a list of projects at the end of April so that they can be prioritized for implementation during the summer.
We recently received a cheque for £246 from Waitrose Cheltenham as a result of the CWA being one of their charities as part of their Community Matters scheme. Many thanks to those who put their green tokens in our bin.
Just before Christmas, a small team of Cotswold Wardens used the successful model adopted in Broadway to improve the drainage of three muddy and flooded kissing gates on the Cotswold Way near Old Sodbury. The locations are shown here
Kissing gates undoubtedly improve access on the Cotswold Way but their constant use often makes them wet and muddy so the CWA has embarked on a trial project to improve the surface around a few kissing gates. The first project has been completed on a gate where the trail crosses West End Lane, SW of Broadway using eco plastic grid, geo-textile and gravel. The location is point A as shown here.
The CWA has recently coordinated the construction of a bridge and gate over a particularly muddy section of the Diamond Way south of Daylesford (point A as shown here). The work was jointly funded by the North Cotswold Walkers, the North Cotswold Ramblers and the CWA, and was carried out by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. The Diamond Way is one of the named long distance trails which link with the Cotswold Way and is supported by the CWA. Other supported trails can be found on Other Trails