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 Cotswold Way Association has recently funded a much needed handrail along the steep steps at Bunkers Bank, near Haresfield Beacon. The installation was carried out by a work party from Central District of the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens. No more will you have to risk twisted ankle or a wet backside to get down this section of the trail.
UPDATE As a result of the discussions on the A417 the attached further submission has been made to Gloucestershire CC and other relevant bodies. See additional comments August 2018 by clicking here
The Cotswold Way Association has recently submitted their concerns about how the hugely popular Cotswold Way National Trail will be severely impacted by both of the proposed A417 route options as they pass through one of the most important parts of the Cotswold escarpment.
Please click here to see the full reply.
Those of you who have walked on the Cotswold Way in wet weather as it climbs above the recreation ground in Weston will probably remember the difficulty in standing upright on the slippery path. There are reports of walkers finishing up on their backsides and one even ended up with a broken leg. This should now be a thing of the past as CWA has just completed a path improvement project which involved the installation of a 45 metre long handrail. The work was carried out by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens – Avon District with funding for materials provided by the Cotswold Way Association. The CWA was set up to implement just this kind of improvement project and further projects are planned for other sections of the trail.