Stepping to it at Rowhill

Last Thursday we were tasked with replacing some steps at Rowhill; even though we had a brief snow shower in the morning it did not deter our volunteers. img_0080 (002)

In the cold we soon warmed up ripping out the old steps, and creating a template for the replacement. This required the removal of a very stubborn rotten stump and lots of measuring.

Many passing walkers commented about how excited they were for improved steps. Luckily we had the expertise of Paul and Mike so it was guaranteed the steps would look great.




Due to narrow access to the steps we could only transport one load of aggregate to fill the steps on the day and therefore the steps had to be closed temporarily. Laura and I returned on Monday to complete the steps and once again had many pleased walkers complimenting our work after testing them out.

Previous steps

New flight of steps

New flight of steps

The finished result ! If you would like to test the steps out yourself you can find them here. 

Many thanks to Paul, Mike, Janet, Sarah, Eric and John. Further thanks to Laura and Matt for helping with accessing the site and bringing the aggregate on the tractor.

Assistant Ranger Bobbie



About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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