We made safe the path to Cawston Wood

For years people have been asking me if we could do something with the steep path that leads to Cawston Reservoir and Cawston Wood. So today we made it a lot safer by putting in steps. This is pretty much what we did to connect with Cawston Bridleway that crosses the greenway in the big clearing. Tim and Marcus put the steps in whilst Aaron, Linda and myself found the wood to make the steps and pegs to hold them in place. We also dead-hedged our boundary and put in a high step-over to deter motorcycles, not that anyone would be brave enough to attempt the steep incline.

The slope as it was:


It is horribly steep and when we do our weekly run it is a pain to get up. Getting down it is twice as hard.

Working hard to get the steps in:



And the place that everyone wants to get to:


The finished article:


So we now have a safer route along the greenway, past the reservoir and either out past the Nature Trails nursery, or into Cawston Wood and out onto Cawston Lane.

We have agreed with Nick and Helen, the Sustrans Greener Greenway’s Wildlife Champions, that we will go no further than our last bench, which is about 200 meters south of Potsford Dam. The path pretty much naturally opens up to Dunchurch station anyway. Any work that we do will be with Nick and Helen so that we can work with them and learn how to do things correctly. Our Mick is also a great source of knowledge.

Last photo is the obligatory fungus shot:


Lastly, I noticed how you were all admiring my apparel – lol


If you would like a T-shirt the cost price is £9.12 per shirt and P&P is £4.80 and is the same regardless of numbers so if everyone coordinates we can keep this cost down. There are 16 different colours that they come in. I do not make any money on this – I am offering at cost price.

Here is a link to the website that will show the colour options.


Thank-you so much for today. Next one is Thursday this week not Wednesday, as a one-off. We are in the bird-box clearing making it ready for our bird-feeder area.


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Just trying to create a slice of wildlife and a place for people to chill out and meet new friends in this crazy world that we live in.
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4 Responses to We made safe the path to Cawston Wood

  1. Howard Brentnall says:

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks a lot for cutting in some steps, it’s certainly going to save me from breaking my neck. Upto now it’s always been touch and go getting down the bank in one piece!

    I think as the building site towards the south of Cawston matures there may be more interest to cut some steps into the bank which connects Coventry road to the greenway, but until that happens I suppose beggars can’t be choosers!

    Keep up the good work, it’s much appreciated.



    • Paul says:

      Hi Howard,

      Yes, we missed a trick with the developers here. We should of asked them to build steps or a zig-zag cycle ramp on the other side of the bridge to connect the cycle path, that ends at Potsford Dam roundabout..


  2. Gavin Lewis says:

    Well done Paul, I didn’t even know this reservoir was there! Looking forward to doing some exploring when I next can and taking a look at your great work.



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