Thanks to those who turned out today to clear up the ramp from the A644 on to the Spen Valley Greenway / Calder Valley Greenway. The weather wasn’t as bad as the forecast suggested although we did get the biscuits a bit damp during the tea break but fortunately we finished them off.
We decided to get creative with the rubble that had been fly tipped but you will have to ask one of those present what that entailed. I will give you one clue and it’s obvious if you have watched the great escape.
The ramp is now looking pristine thanks to our efforts and those of Rob Winslade the greenway warden. We also crossed over the A644 and did a good section of the riverside path and it would appear that someone has now dealt with the large section of corrugated iron that has been hanging around this last year as it is now in the river and no it wasn’t us that put it there.
It’s been some time but we finally got back round to Sackville Street and were surprised at how little had been deliberately dumped there. This is of course a relative term but with a decent sized group turning out we had soon sorted that section and were on to the vegetation alongside Park Road and across and up to the greenway.
For a couple of weeks we have cycled over a section of the Greenway through an ever expanding puddle which eventually covered the whole width of the Spen Greenway. Freezing temperatures meant an even greater hazard. John Waterman dealt with it last year and was willing to have another go this Sunday a.m. It took us a couple of hours to encourage a gulley to drain water away and build a bit of a barrier to keep it off the greenway. Most of the water was pouring down from the farm above and the noise of a waterfall might be pleasant but it is clearly causing problems. It is now “mostly gone and a couple of brighter warmer days might see the end to it.
Helm Lane to Woodend Road was almost totally free of litter thanks to our representative Hillary. However the summer growth of vegetation had narrowed the track down to a single line. Now we have got our trailer back (with refurbished signage) we could use all the tools at our disposal and after three sweaty hours we had cleared the track so all could make good use of it and even had time for a group picture. #
We seem to be clearing the ramp from the A644 up to the green bridge on the Spen Valley Greenway / Calderdale Greenway quite a lot at the moment. I don’t know what the attraction is for that section but we collected a number of bottles and cans on Tuesday 13th June.
Thanks to the seven of us who could get out we soon moved on towards the junction near Burgh Mill Lane and collected a good dozen bags of litter.
Trying to tackle one of the worst cases of fly tipped material since we started doing this work nearly ten years ago was nigh on impossible but we prepared about 70 bags of material ready for collection. We were helped that morning by councillors Sheikh Ullah and Mohan Sokhal who had arranged for a swift collection from Kirklees Streetscene after las years debacle. Interestingly Kirklees are also looking for the perpetrators of much of this material so watch this space
Despite the cancellation the weather turned round and made it possible to clear up the leaves on the plantation section between Bog Green Lane and Paul Lane.
Initially we thought we had been cheated of our prize as the first few metres had clearly been machine swept by Kirklees but a full load of leaves and a return to base left the most dangerous sections for the four of us to complete. The very wet weather the day before really helped as we could remove wet leaves more easily.
Sorry about cancelling early but it gave people time to do other activities.
After heaving myself over some of the Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca this September I left my fellow grimpeurs and travelled East to Cala Millor hoping for a little less ascent and descent. I was just beginning to despair as the roads by the coast were busy and rather dull but when I turned inland towards Manacor I noticed the unmistakable signs of man made levelling. A short ride up a ramp and I was on the Arta to Manacor Greenway or via verde. A disused railway that last saw a train in 1977. It was grit but not a problem for a road bike as it was dry. As you can see from the pictures it had thousands of trees planted some expensively renovated stations and lots of signposting but non (that I could find) that directed you to it. Hire bikes are available in Arta and manacor but after riding it I rarely saw another cyclists. You won’t find it on a cycling map of Mallorca but a word of warning about Son Servera which is about half way along. The grit gives way to a tarmac red cycle track which takes you up into the town and leaves cyclists like me lost. The greenway (via verde) goes below the town but the signposting to help you do that doesn’t exist. Much easier to find if you come from Arta which is what I had to do to get back on.
Collected a more than healthy pile of fly tipped material. This has been dumped over the last year as it was spotless when we did the same section last October. There was a time when this section could be done by one volunteer but sadly not any longer.
Next clean up will be the second Tuesday of October as many of us are taking a break by cycling in foreign parts. Likely it will be the section from Holroyd Park to Church Lane. Mostly vegetation.
Those of us who ride this section regularly know how narrow and dangerous it had become. Just a simple matter of trimming back a few plants I hear you say but it took eight of us all morning and no one did any litter picking just hacking and trimming, The results were great so thank you to everyone who took part.