Bottom Path is Back After A Decade Of Neglect

It seems like forever, that local people have been trying to get the old track along the bottom of the Park restored.  But now, at long last, thanks to Meadfleet,  we at last have a mown path that we can start to regenerate and reconstruct so that it can be used to get from one side of Guiseley to the centre, avoiding busy roads.   The intention is to keep the grass mown as a minimum.

Picture from 1930's clearly shows the path along the bottom of the Park.

Picture from 1930’s clearly shows the path along the bottom of the Park.

Greenshaw terrace entrance

Greenshaw terrace entrance

Trying to trace the line of the old cobbles

Trying to trace the line of the old cobbles – we will try and restore this cobbled section in the fullness of time

Past the butterfly area, where the estate path now comes up,

Past the butterfly area, where the estate path now comes up, another area that will need work to stop it becoming a slippery slope

Over the builders clay mound, sitting on top of the old car park - pretty clover

Over the builders clay mound, sitting on top of the old car park – pretty clover

Slight detour around the 'quick sand' to try and make sure there is a firm footing

Slight detour around the ‘quick sand’ to try and make sure there is a firm footing, going down the slope looked more difficult to walk

Out to meet the old path again

Out to meet the old path again, past what used to be the old tennis courts

The first users make a their way much more easily along the newly mown path to the Nethercliffe entrance.

The first users make a their way much more easily along the newly mown path to the Nethercliffe entrance.

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About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Vice Chairlady of Friends of Parkinson's Park, and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Day job - is a Business Analyst running Mutual Marketing, a customer service research, training and advisory business.
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4 Responses to Bottom Path is Back After A Decade Of Neglect

  1. Becky says:

    Great news to hear about the restoration of the bottom path. We’re on Nethercliffe and love the park but sometimes it’s a bit steep to get up to the top path with a toddler and whilst carrying a 10month old!

    • Yes, we appreciate that. We will do what we can to make the bottom path ‘Mum and baby/toddler’ friendly. Bellway didn’t help by putting clay and quick sand in the way in huge mounds !! And the Leeds Council planners, would not listen to our complaints that it needed something better, as was indicated in the origianl planning permission. However, we have now been promised some funds to restore it to a better condition, but we need to see how the land settles – so will take it slowly.

      • Becky says:

        Ha ha, well I’m not expecting miracles and the toddler is pretty hardy but sometimes the steep hill up from ours is a bit daunting for little legs!
        So long as there is a ‘passable’ path, that will be a start!

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