Friday 15 June 2012

Cradle Lane after the wet weather

Walking along Cradle Lane today I noticed that, despite the wet weather of the last fortnight or so, the lane is in excellent condition, apart from the 100 yards or so at the southern end which is impassable on foot as it almost always is.

I found signs of use on foot, bicycle, horse and motorbike but none of them particularly noticeable. No-one else using the lane though, no crowds of visitors encouraged by the Shipwrights Way thing.

Interestingly, despite all the work put into improving the drainage and surfacing the northern stretch, beyond Baigents Bridge, there was still water running down the surface of the lane just as reported in 1910 by Rev Laverty, Rector of Headley.

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