Wild West – blocked path alert

The nettles are robust everywhere this year due to the warm wet spring, but they are particularly terrible on the Wild West route (the second one in Beyond the urban fringe or B-tuf 2). Nettles combined with brambles have made the route impassable at point 9 on the sketch map, where the route goes under the railway next to the motorway (Ordnance Survey ST549796). This means the route is not usable at the moment as there is no good alternative route onto Lawrence Weston Moor. There is a path in from Hill End Drive/Darley Close, but that involves a considerable distortion of the early part of the route, and, although this route is passable, it is by no means nettle free. If you do get onto the moor, you will need to find a route through the nature reserve as the path around Bank Leaze School is still blocked.

Something should be done about this problem as Lawrence Weston Moor is supposed to be a Local Nature Reserve. It ought to be accessible to walkers.

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