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The Dava Way Photo Album archive for 2007

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Clearing gorse |  Muddy puddles, Newtyle |  Huntly's Cave |  Braemoray |  Dava Moor |  Dunphail cutting


January 20th 2007, Clearing gorse, Rafford embankment

On Saturday Jan 20th we removed gorse, broom and other vegetation overgrowing the path between Dallas Dhu and Woodside. Thanks to Alex, Bill, Norman, Wilson, Peter, Jim, David & Bruno.

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February 3rd 2007, Muddy puddles, Newtyle Forest

Saturday Feb 3rd saw a band of nine having barrowloads of fun moving about 2 tons of earth and ballast, digging ditches and forming a dry passage through a series of flooded hollows on the section through Newtyle forest. Thanks to Alex, David, Hans, Jim, Neil, Norman, Peter, Sharon and Wilson.

Photo album, Muddy puddles, 3rd Feb 2007

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Grant Project, Huntly's Cave

During the last two weeks of February a local contractor and several volunteer workers carried out clearance and improvement work in the cuttings by Huntly's Cave. Strong winds had blown about 30 mature trees into and across the cutting. The cutting itself has always been very wet with water seeping out of the steep rocky cliffs and ditches blocked by rock fall. The work gang felled and cleared the trees and also cleared ditches. By adding several tons of hardcore to form a walkway it is hoped that the passage through the cuttings will be safer, easier and drier.

Photo album, Huntly's Cave CNPA grant project, Feb 2007

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March 3rd 2007, Braemoray cutting

Saturday March 3rd saw a band of ten, many clad in wellies wading into the ditches alongside the track in the Braemoray cutting. Only four years ago this cutting was completely flooded with water ankle deep or more for much of its length. There is a constant run off of water from the fields above. The day saw 400 yards of ditches cleared of silt and vegetation, with additional drains and collecting ditches being dug. This is an ongoing project. Many thanks to Alex, David, Judith, Hans, Hugh, Neil, Norman, Peter, Jo and Wilson for a magnificent effort.

Photo album, Braemoray ditches, 3rd March 2007

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March 17th 2007, Dava Moor and Huntly's Cave

Saturday March 17th was a bright stormy day when eight hardy folks ventured out to enjoy Dava Moor. Although the Huntly's Cave cutting had been cleared of fallen trees and drainage ditches re-instated the surface was still uneven and wet in places. (see project report below) Armed with shovels and picks Peter, Neil, Bill, Hans and Graham ventured forth. John, David and Judith disappeared amongst the broom and sprouting trees for some intensive gardening.

Photo album, Huntly's Cave cutting and Dava Moor, 17th March 2007

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August and September, 2007, Dunphail cutting

The last weekend of August and the first weekend of Spetember saw a sustained attack on the seriously flooded section of track through the cutting at Dunphail. The flooding here was one of the reasons why the route was previously diverted along the Half Davoch road. This stretch is almost ½ mile long. Further work is needed here. Many thanks to Alex, David, Judith, Hans, Bill, Neil, Norman, Peter, Jim, Paul & son and Wilson for a magnificent effort.

Photo album, Draining the Dunphail cutting, Aug/Sept 2007

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