With public’s help, CROWS can clear more of area’s pathways

A path at Todmorden, before and after, which has been cleared by CROWS volunteers in the Calder Valley
A path at Todmorden, before and after, which has been cleared by CROWS volunteers in the Calder Valley

CROWS (Community Rights of Way Services) is a year old and has been reviewing its activities.

In the last year CROWS volunteers have repaired 45km of path, they have created nearly one and a half kilometres of new path, 77 steps have been installed, 140 waymarks have been put in place and about seven and a half tons of mud removed from paths.

CROWS have done work all around Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale including Burlees, Midgehole, Heptonstall, Blackshaw, Old Town, Redacre, Gorpley, Lumbutts, Keelham and Cragg Brook.

Work around Todmorden has also included included parts of Whirlaw, Wetshaw, Woodhouse and Hole Bottom.

In the Hebden Royd area, CROWS have done work all around Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale also included Windle Hill and Sunny Bank.

Several paths that were totally blocked have now been cleared for use.

Peter Clarke, Chair of CROWS said: “It has been a fantastic year; it is difficult to believe that a year ago we were just starting out with borrowed tools.

“It is so nice to see footpaths in our area coming back to life.

“We have to thank all the people who have financially supported us especially Calderdale Community Foundation, but as important has been the co-operation of local landowners, without which we couldn’t carry out our work.’

CROWS has launched a report form for people spotting problems with paths.

This can be found on their website at www.crows-coop.co.uk or people can go into the Mountain Wild and complete a form there.

Richard Peters, treasurer of CROWS said: “We depend on local support to keep going. If people would like to support our work by making a small donation, they can now text CROW42£2/£5/£10 to 70070.”