News from Andy Warner for March 2013

  • Replacing the highest stile in borrowdale

    15:36 18 March 2013
    By Andy Warner , Daniel Simpson, Geoff Medd, Jack Deane, Jessie Binns, Joe Cornforth, Mark Astley, Maurice Pankhurst, Paul Delaney

    The old stile did well lasting so long considering it is in the wettest inhabited place in
    England.


    Daisy supervising the removal of the old stile
     Located above the old graphite mines in Seathwaite at roughly 350m, it takes a hell of a beating from the Cumbrian weather.

    Double checking before making the first cut
    We started the stile on a lovely day in the middle of February,  It is the first I have built and a real step up in my joinery skills. The first job was removing the old stile then getting the new pillars in place and marking where they would be joined.



    At this point Daisy lost interest

    Carefully cutting and chiseling we created the joins and with some maneuvering we eventually got the pillars fitting snugly and nailed together.

    We fixed the pillars at the correct width with a rail and started cutting the grooves for the steps to sit in.

    The pillars were joined opposite ways to create better hand holds 

    With the grooves all cut we nailed the steps in place.

    Volunteer Charles finishing off the stile with the final nail.


    Looking down the valley over Thornythwaite and Watendlath fell to Helvellyn 



    Charles testing the Stile 
     All done and looking stylish...



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As a ranger I work mainly in the valleys of the northern part of the Lake District and I look after the human part of the landscape; things like walls, hedges and the like. I've been doing this for a very long time, driven by an extraordinary passion for the landscape of Lakeland(the finest corner of England) and Borrowdale in particular (the finest corner of the Lakes). I'm really fascinated by history in the landscape, the sense of human roots in this boney land. I've also got a bit of an obsession with cartography...

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