Tyres give trail new lease of life

A MATERIAL made from recycled tyres is being trialled on part of the Trans-Pennine Trail.

The trial is taking place on a section along the Elsecar Greenway.

‘Flexi-pave’ is a relatively new surface and has been laid down between Gypsy Marsh Underpass (near Old Moor at Wombwell) and Wath Road at Brampton.

The new surface is porous, which means it attracts no puddles, and should provide a good all-weather surface for walkers, horses and cyclists.

Since it was laid last month, the surface has been tested well by prolonged heavy rainfall.

Barnsley Council has completed resurfacing of the rest of the Elsecar Greenway right through to Elsecar Heritage Centre with a more traditional recycled stone.

And the council’s Rights of Way team has set up two guided walks along this section of the trail for later this month. Both walks are suitable for all people.

The first will be Sunday, May 27 from 1pm at Old Moor car park, to walk towards Elsecar along the TPT (approximately 6.5 miles).

Then on May 30 there is a meet at 8.30pm to the rear of Elsecar Heritage Centre on Distillery Side (EHC) for a shorter walk to Elephant and Castle, Hemingfield (2.5 miles) with a bat detector to listen to bats, if they can be located.

Walkers should take a torch, if desired, to the evening walk.