Replacing the highest stile in borrowdale
15:36 18 March 2013
By Maurice Pankhurst, Mark Astley, Jack Deane, Paul Delaney, Andy Warner , Daniel Simpson, Jessie Binns, Geoff Medd, Joe Cornforth
The old stile did well lasting so long considering it is in the wettest inhabited place in
|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...