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Improvements near Hamswell

The programme of improvements to the surface of the Cotswold Way in busy gateways continues with a repeat of the treatment recently carried out at Broadway, but this time near Hamswell, just north of Bath.  Cows have been encroaching on the area and making the area very difficult in the winter.  The work was carried out by a team of Cotswold Wardens from Avon District.

 

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New gate at Stumps Cross

The popularity of the Cotswold Way means that gates get very heavy use and eventually wear out.  This is the case at Stumps Cross, between Stanway and Hailes, and as a result the CWA has funded a smart new wooden kissing gate.  The installation was carried out by a work party from the North District of the Cotswold Wardens.

 

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Cotswold Stone Designs

The CWA is pleased to welcome Cotswold Stone Designs as a business member. “Cotswold Stone Designs specialise in the building, repair and restoration of Cotswold dry stone walls. Using traditional and modern methods we build new and renovate old – always in budget and built to last”.  Many thanks for your support.

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Improved drainage near Broadway

The most popular section of the Cotswold Way is between Broadway and the Tower and walkers will probably notice an improvement to one of the soggiest parts of the route. Working with the Cotswold Wardens, we’ve put down geo-textile, ecogrid, stone and a french drain to fix the problem. Many thanks to Neil Hilton of Broadway for his generous donation to make this possible.

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Information Board on Selsley Common SSSI

The Cotswold Way Association is pleased to be supporting the installation of an information board near the Cotswold Way on the Selsley Common SSSI.  Selsley Common SSSI press release 

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Alan Hooper

The CWA Trustees deeply regret to announce that our Secretary Alan Hooper passed away on the 22nd March after bravely battling a long illness.  We are very appreciative of Alan’s work for the CWA and the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens.  He will be greatly missed.

 

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New Business member

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. 

https://www.cotswoldwalkers.com

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Many thanks to Waitrose Bath.

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.

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Tell us how we can improve our Trails …

 

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.

Please send your suggestions to John Bartram at info@cotswoldwayassociation.org.uk or Simon Mallatratt at admin@cotswoldwayassociation.org.uk  

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Many thanks to Waitrose shoppers in Cheltenham.

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.

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New Affiliate Members

The Cotswold Way Association is pleased to welcome Stroud & District Athletics Club and Emersons Green Running Club as affiliate members. Many thanks for your support.

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More improvements to more muddy gates…

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

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Improving muddy kissing gates.

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.

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A new bridge on the Diamond Way.

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

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2018 CWA AGM

2018 CWA AGM

The second AGM of the Cotswold Way Association was held on the 10th August at King’s Stanley Village Hall and was attended by 16 members. During the meeting John Tennant and Martin Lovegrove were elected as new trustees and the resignation was received from Margaret Reid.  The chairman welcomed the new trustees and thanked Margaret for her services since the CWA was established.  The meeting also agreed that the Wysis Way should be added to the list of named trails.  Discussions focussed on new projects and developments on the A417 re-development.  Minutes of the meeting will be posted on the website in due course.

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Another CWA Project to improve the Cotswold Way

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.

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Comments on the A417 proposals by the CWA

Comments on the A417 proposals by the CWA

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.

 

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CWA renovates seat on the Cotswold Way at Dyrham

CWA renovates seat on the Cotswold Way at Dyrham
Many walkers on the Cotswold Way will remember the unique octagonal seat around a fine oak tree just outside Dyrham.  It was initially built by the Cotswold Wardens to mark the Silver Jubilee in 1977 but has recently been showing it’s age.  The CWA has stepped in to provide funding for a renovation of the seat so that it can once again be a welcome resting place for passing walkers.   The work was carried out by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens – Avon Valley District.
 
 

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Handrail on the slippery slope above Weston – another CWA project

Handrail on the slippery slope above Weston – another CWA project

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.

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Safety improvements sought at Air Balloon road crossing

Safety improvements sought at Air Balloon road crossing

Cotswold Warden Jennifer Shaw on her August patrol met a couple of US tourists walking south from Birdlip. They talked at length about their difficulties crossing from Crickley Hill Park to the Air Balloon the previous day. The road was very busy – late afternoon on a Friday – and it took them over twenty minutes to get across. Some of this time was spent looking for an alternative crossing point but of course there isn’t one. The Cotswold Warden had heard similar stories before, so kicked ideas around with John her husband, wanting to try to find an easier crossing. Between them they devised a possible route involving crossing the A436 from Crickley Hill Park and then going through the wooded margin alongside the roundabout and the eastbound A417 to meet the Gloucestershire Way and use it to meet an unclassified road that passes under the A417 at Barrow Wake.

This would add around half a mile to the existing route, and would also increase safety for walkers using the Gloucestershire Way. The scheme has been shared with the Gloucestershire CC Rights Of Way Officer and the Area Highways Manager responsible for the A436. They have undertaken to discuss its viability with Highways England who are responsible for the A417. Much depends on who owns the land.

  • If the scheme is accepted as viable we hope some of the work clearing ground and constructing a new footpath can be done by the Cotswold Wardens. Have you a story to tell about how you made this crossing?
  • Have you any comments to make on the proposal for a new crossing?
  • Please get in touch with us at info@cotswoldwayassociation.org.uk and let us have your views.

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