WITH the arrival of better weather (apart from
a cold set-back) I ventured,
camera in hand, to the river bank of the town's waterway, the Weaver. So now - for those who
don't know it - here are pictures of the "wire walk" that carries the
riverside path under the Nantwich to Shrewsbury railway line. (See the
January 2006 letter).
After some delay, the section of
finally completed. But - as I reported in January - dog owners were
complaining that the widened footpath under the bridge was not canine
There is a wire mesh footway for
the pedestrians to walk on and a special solid path for the dogs - but
not, it seems, near to the wall where dogs like to walk! Also, the
walkers said they and their pets had to give way to cyclists. Presumably
the riders were using the "doggy path" - although the report in the
Nantwich Chronicle (January 11) didn't say as much!
On the right, you can see the
"wire walk" passing under the railway line.
That "tie-shaped" object in the centre of the
walk is the solid path for dogs - also used by cyclists(!). Actually, why
can't the solid part have a dog symbol at the end of it (right) - in the same way
that cycle lanes by roadways are marked with a cycle?
The picture left is a view
looking down on the tricky open mesh part of
the walkway which is a threat to paws and claws. Through it can be seen the river. I
would not be surprised to hear that some
cannot look down as they
use this part of the riverside walk. I have a friend who cannot cross a bridge if it is slatted - that is, it has gaps in it through which she can see the water below.
As I took these pictures I was
met by a small dog happily walking along the
solid way (not a cyclist in
sight) and it didn't seem at all bothered by not walking against the wall.
Makes a change from what dogs normally do against walls. There was a
short interval before the owner appeared (right) with the second dog on a lead,
but whether this was because the first dog had walked on ahead, or the
owner had stopped to put the second dog on a lead before tackling the
river crossing I don't know.