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Walking the Cotswold Way with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Recently I completed the southbound walk with around twenty other walkers that made up the 2016-17 group. Although as a Cotswold Voluntary Warden I was familiar with the southern section of the route I was keen to complete the whole of the Cotswold Way and explore, with our knowledgeable wardens, unfamiliar sections of the Cotswold Way.

 

Set out below in the link are some of my memories from our journey south from Chipping Campden.

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Improvement works in Gloucestershire stopped

In February, Gloucestershire County Council instructed all volunteers to stop any repair/improvement work that involves digging holes. This seems to result from policy changes by its Rights of Way contractor Amey. This in turn seems to have been triggered by a serious incident in 2015 in the centre of Gloucester. The requirement seems to be for a full document review and scan of every digging site, even if it is the middle of a field. Just how this can possibly be applied in practice is unclear – Gloucestershire are apparently considering their position.
 
In the meantime two projects on routes supported by the CWA, one on the Cotswold Way near Belas Knapp and one on the Winchcombe Way are being held back.
 
We are very unclear as to the logic of the action – if you are baffled and annoyed by it and live in Gloucestershire we suggest you ask your council representative to explain. In March, Amey insist any holes are scanned for underground services with a permit issued for 21 days. The cost for scanning holes will come out of the Rights of Way budget.

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Cotswold Way gets on French TV !!

A crew  for the leading French TV Channel TF1 recently did some filming on the Cotswold Way for their news bulletin.  They filmed walkers on a scenic part of the trail in the upper Swainswick Valley near Bath and then took shots in historic Dyrham.  They also carried out interviews with walkers and the CWA chairman before heading off to London to interview French expatriates about Brexit !!  Here is a photo of an interview of a Cotswold Warden explaining about dry stone walls.

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What a start

Our first project in July 2016 consisted of replacing a stile with a friendly kissing gate above Hailes near Winchcombe. After a long climb up the track from Hailes Abbey towards Farmcote one did not relish climbing over a reasonably high stile.

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Who are the Cotswold Way volunteer wardens?

Each month volunteer Cotswold Way Wardens walk the whole length of the Cotswold Way checking upon the condition of the trail. If you see a Cotswold Way warden wearing a green fleece please say hello and more importantly tell them if you have come across any problems.

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More good news!

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust supports environmental conservation projects in the UK. The Cotswold Way Association is pleased the Trust have chosen to support the work of the association. In the UK, the Charitable Trust support the Ramblers and other smaller outdoors charities. The Trust also offers direct financial support to walking groups in order to aid  sustainable tourism ethos.

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Hello world!

The CWA is ready to implement the many reports of remedial work required to maintain our trails. Working with the Cotswold Way Wardens and Ramblers work parties the funds we raise will go directly upon maintaining and improving access to the countryside. 

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