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West Vale work-party with RWE npower

August, 2012

West Vale were pleased to have a mid-week work-party with two dozen volunteers from RWE npower. They got stuck in to clearing the towpath from Station Road, Shrivenham to Steppingstone Lane Bridge. 

For some time the permissive footpath along this section has been on the south side of the canal where the ground is sort of level after the dredgings were deposited there some years ago. However, this path is subject to flooding and the original towpath was to the north of the canal, so we took advantage of this large band of helpers to start clearing the northern bank.

By the end of a long, hot day it was possible to traverse the full 300m from Station Road to our bridge at Steppingstone Lane.

Looking west from Station Road Bridge   Where to towpath should be!  Approaching Steppingstone Bridge 

Much further work is required before we can open this section to the public, but thanks to the staff of RWE npower a great start has been made.