Isle of Anglesey, North Wales

Footpath maintenance

Installing a metal gate

Who We Are

The Silver Slashers are a group of Ynys Môn Ramblers volunteers dedicated to keeping our footpaths in fine fettle. We are a mixed bunch of artisans, professionals and others with no experience of manual work at all; 20-30% are women; most of us are passed retiring age. We meet on Fridays, 2-4 times a month, at 10.00 and finish around 3.00, with short breaks for coffee and lunch. We all possess a sense of humour – vital when up to your fetlocks in mud! But what really keeps us turning up is seeing what we’ve achieved at the end of the day.

What Do We Do?

The Councils’ Footpath Team and John Stubbs, our Footpath Maintenance Secretary, decide what needs to be done and where. Mainly this is improving access on the Coastal Footpath and work on inland paths to provide circular routes to communities. So we might be replacing a ladder stile with a kissing gate, building a bridge over a stream, cutting back overgrowth or building boardwalks over a boggy bit – there’s not much we can’t tackle! 

Footbridge and Wooden Gate Recent Work

 We have opened miles of footpaths around Talwrn with paths now linked to Cors Bodeilio Nature Reserve and restored paths allowing walkers to walk from Pentre Berw  to Ysgeiliog Church and back along the Afon Cefni embankment With the paths from Mynydd Bodafon through the forest newly opened there is now a lovely circular walk from Traeth Lligwy around the mountain.. Long stretches of boardwalk have been built through the forest here and also at Nant Sebon on the path to Mynydd Bodafon which means it is no longer necessary to struggle through knee deep mud.

        Starting a Boardwalk at Bodior    Finishing a Boardwalk at Bodior    Putting Treads on the Boardwalk

Reporting Footpath Problems

Can't get through a small kissing gate, mud ankle deep, path ploughed over or blocked by overgrowth? Report any problems to the Footpath Secretary on our Contacts page or go direct the Ynys Mon County Countcil at http://publicrightsofway.anglesey.gov.uk and help us to maintain your footpaths.  

              Overgrown Stile                                 Cleared Stile


Wednesday, January 23, 2019