Hadrian's Wall Assistant Trail Ranger
Earlier this year we posted two blogs from Hadrian’s Wall Path Trail Ranger Gary Pickles talking about the management of the National Trail and the work that goes into its preservation. This time we are turning the blog over to Tess Wenham. Tess started working with Gary in April this year as Assistant Trail Ranger. Gary and Tess work incredibly hard to maintain this incredible 84-mile signposted footpath stretching from coast-to-coast across England.
“In April 2019 left my roles in Northumberland National Park as Volunteer Support Officer and Welcome Assistant at The Sill to join Gary on Hadrian’s Wall Path on secondment as Assistant Trail Ranger.
From my first week the role has been incredibly hands on one. With my first job on the Trail I was lacing up my boots as we set off to survey Hadrian’s Wall Path Nation Trail. Thankfully April proved to be good time of year to start this new role; with the sun on our backs we headed from Segadunum and out along the entire length of trail. The aim of the Trail Survey is to examine the condition of the furniture on the route. This includes fingerposts, waymarkers, gates, stiles and even the surface you walk on.
This comes to a grand total of 670 structures, stretching 84 miles along the entirety of the trail. An average of 7.9 structures per mile! Add on to that the National Trail Acorn Way Marker Disks and the screws required to fix them and that’s a lot to keep an eye on.”