The storms and tidal surge on Thursday, 5th December 2013, deposited huge amounts of debris on the newly opened Burton Marshes cycle route. Masses of branches, reeds, grass, rubbish and sludge covered the paved surface of the route making it look like a field rather than a popular cycle route.
Part of the route was quickly been cleared by a local farmer who grazes sheep on the land surrounding the route. However, the section of the path leading up to The Harp pub remained barely passable by cyclists.
However, the Chester West and Cheshire Council’s Public Rights of Way team cleared the route in record time on Monday, December 9th. RSPB staff assisted by a team of local volunteers carried out a litter pick to remove the huge amount of rubbish washed up by the storm.
Cyclists are now celebrating the clearing of this heavily used and much loved route. Local cyclists and cycling groups express their thanks and appreciation to all those involved for their swift action in making the route passable again.
The photos below show the state of the route both before and after the clear-up. Note that the images can be enlarged by clicking on them.