CROWS volunteers improve and repair footpaths in the Upper Calder and Ripponden areas. To see what we have been doing in your area look at the latest news on our Blog. It will open in a new tab and show you a report and photos of every job we do. You can also see highlights of our work if you follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/CROWSpaths).
Without maintenance a footpath can become boggy in winter and overgrown in summer. From there it’s a short step to being impassable and then forgotten. But, with a visit from CROWS every year or two, our footpaths can be a delight to walk along and a community resource for everyone.
We have decided it is safe for us to start working on footpaths on March 8th. We will be limited to working in pairs (at a distance) which will prevent us from doing some types of job.
Part of this decision is the recognition of the greater usage of many paths and the resulting deterioration of their condition.
Please help with our funds
If you have enjoyed walking the local footpaths would you consider supporting our work? We have no regular funding, and we rely on individual donations to deal with reports of path problems.
As a charity registered with HMRC we can receive Gift Aid on your donation through just Giving, but there are lots of other ways to make a donation, both one-off or regular. Whichever you choose, any amount helps. Thank you.
Please tell us about a problem with a path
Please tell us about problems you encounter whilst out walking in the Upper Calder and Ryburne Valley area. There are several ways to do this, but the easiest is to use the report form on this site – it’s very quick and simple to use.
What we’ve achieved
CROWS volunteers work in teams of two or three, and since we started in October 2013 our teams have spent…
- 83 days building bridges and boardwalks
- 200 days repairing stiles
- 221 days building steps
- 262 days widening and levelling paths
- 320 days digging drains
- 337 days cutting back brambles and nettles, hawthorn and holly
The volume of mud and mulch removed from paths is incalculable!