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Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales24 Apr 2015
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Working on Pen Y Fan building a drainage ditch

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Some 200,000 visitors a year use the footpath we're helping to maintain.

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First a ditch is dug and the front lined with dug in stones

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Then the base lined, again dug in so they hold fast

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The base of the ditch is spade width, so it can be easily cleared

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The base of the back wall is then dug out and lined to wedge the base in place

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Gaps are filled with stones and soil, all tanped in

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A finished section. Turf added for additional support and prevent erosion

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Happy volunteers a new section of drain complete

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Glimpse of the view between the clouds

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Relaxing back in the bunk house - with wood burning stove

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What a difference a day makes - a clear view

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Ditch complete we head up the moiuntain

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Of course being OCV we have tools and clear the ditches and culverts on the way up!

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Breath taking

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The long walk home

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Wind sculpture

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Where's Heathcliff?

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Dan-y-Gyrn bunkhouse

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Hay on Wye

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales6 Apr 2012
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Selection of stones is important

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And digging a good trench is important too

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First: place upright stones along path edge

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Next: line the base of the drainage ditch with large stones

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Then: put stones in line with the hillside for water to drain down into your new ditch

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Partially completed section of ditch

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BBQ dinner

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Chef Andy

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Day 2: Section completed yesterday looks authentic

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Day 2: putting some turfs in to fix the soil in place

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Day 2: finished article

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Visibility was low this year

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3 men supervise while 1 woman digs

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Commuting up Pont ar Daf

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Tea and scenery

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Dinner time at Dan y Gyrn base camp

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales29 Apr 2011
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The Ditch Pitching Gang

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A beautifully pitched ditch

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It was very windy - we aren't just being silly!

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Lydia working on a calvert

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Jo pitching in

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A pitched ditch

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OCV tasks aren't all about work...

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Says it all really...

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A walk in the woods

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Sgwd-yr-Eira waterfall

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Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales7 Feb 2010
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Climbing Mount Fog

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At the summit

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales6 Feb 2010
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More juncus plantations

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Amazing juncus plantation - surely pedestrians will now not stray off the path!

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Lunch break

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Inigo flying his kite

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Going to the pub

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales5 Feb 2010
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Tea break

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Where is jo?

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Hmmm... not sure what's going on there!

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Great photo where no-one is looking

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Digging ditches for drainage

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Setting off

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Culvert clearing

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Lunch time

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Happy path-maintainers at lunchtime

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Continuing upwards

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Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales13 Apr 2009
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Sgwd-yr-Eira waterfall

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Steep scramble on our walk

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Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales12 Apr 2009
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Completed stone pitched culvert

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Completed culvert

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Playing pass the pigs at the NT base camp

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The result of a hard days work

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The serious art of Pictionary

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Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales11 Apr 2009
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Barbeque time

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Chopping firewood at the basecamp

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Clearing rubble from the path ready for new scalpings

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View from Pen y Fan

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A fine specimen!

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Beautiful scenery... lucky Welsh people!

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Top of Pen-y-Fan

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Men lighting a barbecue

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales5 May 2008
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Sgwd yr Eira - A very fine waterfall and a good spot for lunch

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Dan Y Gyrn Base Camp - Official Photo!

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View from behind Sgwd-yr-Eira falls.

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Lunch stop at Sgwd-yr-Eira waterfalls

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Woodland footpath down to waterfalls on day off

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Sgwd Clun-gwyn waterfall

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Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales4 May 2008
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At the Storey Arms after a day's culvert clearing

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Path down from Corn Du

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Culvert cleared of debris, with outflow channel extended toward edge.

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Liz & Naomi clearing one of the final culverts.

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Our descent from Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du whilst culvert clearing

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Peaty pond near the obelisk; Corn Du

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Chris takes time out from the executive stress of leading

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A culvert unblocking team at work, with Corn Du in the background

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Working our way down Corn Du for lunch at the obelisk

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Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales3 May 2008
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Resting atop Pen-Y-Fan, highest point in the Brecon Beacons

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Digging new drainage ditches along footpath

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National Trust warden spreading grass seed in the new ditches

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View south down valley from top of Pen Y Fan

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Looking down on Cribyn from the blustery peak of Pen Y Fan

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National Trust training on the essential conservation skill of 'leaning on a spade and chatting'

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Tea cosy - de rigeur in the Beacons

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Lunchbreak

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Beacons Way - worn deep and wide by many feet and lots of water

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Rob Reith - National Trust Access Warden for Brecon Beacons NP

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Descent back down from worksite to basecamp

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Where's Renaud......?

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Naomi flipping lamburgers on the barbecue back at basecamp

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Grass-seeding to help bind the thin soil

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Human JCBs! - digging out drainage ditch and backfilling spoil on to the trail

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales28 May 2007
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Out for a walk on our free day

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Climbing up the Craig Cerrig - it was actually sunny (for a while)

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We had great views on our free day.

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales27 May 2007
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Second work site

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What a jovial bunch of people

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OCV and the National Trust show their undying loyalty to Queen & Country

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Anyone for Chess?

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Crossing a bridge to get to our work site - the previous one collapsed!

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The Henrhyd waterfall

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Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales26 May 2007
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Rob, the National Trust warden

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Base camp

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The badger, of course

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Our fearless task programmer

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Dinner at base camp

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Walking along the ridge after we finished work