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The original Watergate Pit miners’ path across Washingwell Woods is in a terrible state, particularly the steps up the north side of the valley, despite absorption of the area into Watergate Park. It is a paved path that used to be lit but is now in a dangerous condition. Pedestrians are forced to pass very close to each other while they try to step on the remaining hard steps and surfaces. Either new stone, brick or concrete construction is required, or all the existing hardcore could be taken out to remove the trip hazards, and wooden steps (with cinders or grit in-fill) put in place. The terms “miners’ path” could be used to promote the completed facility, which provides an excellent walking link between southern Whickham and Lobley Hill. How wonderful it would be if the path was lit, like a hundred years ago.


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