Somewhere up on the hills

Now that the summer season is upon us the access team are in full swing and spend most days up in the central Beacons including the three highest peaks – Corn Du, Cribyn and Pen y Fan. Work includes undertaking the essential maintenance of the drainage ditches and culverts, stone pitching the paths and re-grassing areas to limit erosion on the mountains.

Borrowed the Nature Conservation Rangers to help bag stone.  Not really butterfly survey weather.

Borrowed the Nature Conservation Rangers to help bag stone. Not really butterfly survey weather.

The last few weeks have been spent sourcing red sandstone from a local quarry at Cwm Gwdi that was once used in the 1700’s. This stone is due to be air lifted in the middle of July (weather dependant of course!) to be dropped at selected areas on the Beacons and will then be laid as a path using a pitching technique that pre-dates the Romans. This means it will hopefully last a long time.

Working holiday group having to put up with our fine Welsh weather as they help with our path maintenance and construction

Working holiday group having to put up with our fine Welsh weather as they help with our path maintenance and construction

The Trust is responsible for maintaining a large area of the Beacons and groups of volunteers that have come from all over the UK have done a great job at helping to carry out this work over the last few months.

Jess – Seasonal Access Ranger

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