Project tackles Beacon Batch path erosion
A section of badly eroded path leading to the highest point in the Mendip Hills.
has been repaired by the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit.
The area around the Beacon Batch trig point was one of the most heavily eroded parts of the Black Down and Burrington Commons. A combination of peaty soil, heavy rain and increased pressure from walkers, cyclists and horse riders had resulted in the path becoming eroded and difficult to use. The eroded path was over 10 metres wide in places resulting in loss of heathland habitat and was beginning to encroach on Bronze Age barrows that are part of the Scheduled Monument.
Funded by the AONB and Natural England specialist contractors have used different construction techniques to create a 150 metre long durable path with adjacent drainage ditches and repaired erosion scars. The different techniques used will be valuable in selecting the best path techniques to use on other areas of the Commons as and when funding is secured.
Andy Mallender, Mendip Hills AONB Project Development Officer, said: “It’s been great to have improved one of the worst eroded and most visited parts of this important site. Access to Beacon Batch is now much improved and the impact of several years erosion has been repaired. We will be monitoring how it performs in order to plan future improvements elsewhere on the Commons”