A Volunteers life: Revetment to improve footpaths

National Trust - North Devon Blog

On a rainy day in October it was brought to our attention that a section of pathway down to Heddon’s Mouth was slipping away into the river.

Ranger Daniel Cameron, volunteer ranger Tom and myself loaded up the work vehicle with mattocks, shovels, an iron bar and a wheel barrow as well as a chainsaw (and appropriate PPE) to re-sure the pathway.

In keeping with previous work we used the trunk of a tree for the revetment, utilising the natural curves of tree and path,  packing any holes with stones and finally widening the path by taking soil from the landward edge and packing it up against the revetment to form a bank.


The result was a continuation of the wide, flat footpath down to the beach.

Now for a little bit about myself: I started to volunteer with the team in West Exmoor in July, after spending four…

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Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor National Park's moorland, and supporting those who take care of it.
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