Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Bridge report

This article is from Signpost 45, Winter 2014

The successful completion of two bridges in Bolton was reported by our Chairman in the Summer issue of the Newsletter. The project eliminates a particularly boggy stretch of footpath on Turton Bradshaw 009 and opens up access towards the West Pennine Moors from Jumbles Reservoir Country Park.

There are now two more successful projects to report.

Firstly, a new footbridge has been installed over Gigg Brook on the footpath known as the Far Benfield path or Bredbury & Romiley Footpath 91. This path is in Stockport, north of Etherow Country Park, and has been impassible for many years. There was a very steep bank leading down to the stream, very deep mud and no footbridge across Gigg Brook. For the last two years we have been working with Stockport MBC and the landowners to agree the extent of work necessary to bring the footpath back into use. The Trustees of the Society agreed to pay for the cost of the footbridge which is £7,130. This donation includes the funds collected in memory of Adrian Littleton. A set of steps up the steep slope, a boardwalk, extensive vegetation clearance and minor bridge works are being financed by Stockport Council with a contribution from the Manchester & High Peak Ramblers. The work is now complete and the path can be walked for the first time for many years. See John Harker’s article for more about this historic path.

Secondly, we have been instrumental in the dedication of a new footpath in Doncaster, the 589th! This new right of way links Leger Way to one of the town's most loved parks – Sandall Beat Woods.

John is seen here handing over the society’s cheque, for £1720, to Councillor Christine Mills. Our contribution covered the the cost of the materials for a new fully accessible bridge across a drainage channel on the edge of the woods.

In return, Doncaster Council has dedicated the footpath as a new public right of way, ensuring access is available for ever.

Handover events for both these bridges are being organised.

Neil Collie

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