News from Joe Cornforth for March 2013

  • 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
    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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The Lake District is a truly inspirational place with breathtaking scenery wherever you turn… and it has been my playground all my life.
I am the upland ranger in North West lakes, covering Borrowdale, Buttermere, and Ennerdale. I am responsible for supervising volunteer groups, repairing and maintaining over thirty six paths and also helping in the valley (walling, hedging, fencing etc). “How lucky you are” is a very regular comment as walkers pass our work sites. It does not always feel that way though, when you are wet through and battered by the winds, it feels like hard work! Yet still, I am blessed to work in such a beautiful place helping to conserve the local heritage I love.

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