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Footpaths rebuilt in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 01st October 2015

Two popular footpaths in the Forest of Dean have been rebuilt by a group of 32 apprentices from Western Power Distribution.

Symonds Yat

Overgrown vegetation was cleared and footpaths were rebuilt by the volunteers and the Forestry Commission. They worked on the Bixslade Trail in the Cannop Valley and the Bixslade ‘dramroad’, which was constructed in 1810, as well as the steep footpath leading from Symonds Yat down to the beautiful River Wye gorge.

The Western Power Distribution apprentices carried out the work to help benefit the local community and the thousands of visitors who head on Forest of Dean cottage holidays every year.

The apprentices repaired old steps and cut in new ones for the footpath from Symonds Yat to the River Wye gorge. They also built a stretch of new handrail to make it safer for visitors walking on the trail and erected a new bench as a rest point for walkers climbing the route.

Speaking to the Gloucester Citizen, Heather Lilley, Community and Communications Manager for Forestry Commission West England District said, “We are so impressed with what the WPD Apprentices have accomplished in their time with us.”

Image Credit: Ed Webster (flickr.com)