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Chilswell Valley, Oxford26 Aug 2012
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The sleeper walkway is important at Chilswell because the ground is very boggy

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The task today is to renew the walkway, which has slipped over the years

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This involves moving the heavy sleepers, and lots of mud

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Each pair of sleepers sits on a cross-piece, which needs to be horizontal

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Essential ingredients for getting the cross-pieces horizontal: Mud, spirit level, sledgehammer.

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Once the sleepers are in place they are covered with a new non-slip surface (chicken wire)

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Lots of hammering ensues.

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We also dug drainage channels under the walkway, to keep the path dry

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A finished section of sleeper walkway