A few posts back I posted a picture of a stile, typical of a method to get from one side of a fence or wall to the other. (https://stephenhip.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/stile/) On my walk the other day, I encountered 4 alternative designs, which is somewhat unusual. This first one is a practical up and round set of steps that I haven’t seen very often. I can only presume that as it was easy to get the materials to the location, being next to the road, the farmer thought it worthwhile.
Another practical, low impact solution, with stone being built into the wall and the coping stones left off. For somebody reasonably sprightly it’s easy enough to cross this one. But anyone a bit dodgy on their pins would have trouble as there is no convenient handhold – as two elderly ladies testified, it effectively stopped their walk along the footpath. We spent a few minutes chatting about what there was to see – I mentioned I’d seen a Weasel, the first I’d seen for some time – I learnt that the older lady had been a professional botanist and, like me, was not too impressed with Himalayan Balsam.
This is probably the simplest arrangement, a large stone lintel on either side and the top rail dropped a bit. The top rail here has taken a hammering as people have clipped it with their heels, backpacks and bicycles.