News from Jessie Binns 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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I've worked for the National Trust since 2002 and I moved up to the Lake District to take up a job in Buttermere and Ennerdale in 2008.
I'd always enjoyed fellwalking holidays but what's really struck me since I came to the Lakes are the amazing stories buried beneath the surface of the landscape.
I feel privileged to work alongside our knowledgable rangers. Whenever I go out on the hills with one of them I always learn something about the history, the wildlife, the archaeology, the geology. I think of it like getting beneath the skin - there's this awe-inspiring landscape with this incredible cultural depth beneath it. I'm certainly never bored!

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