A CONSERVATION group is launching a scheme to help people enjoy the beauty of the River Colne in Slaithwaite.
The Friends of Slaithwaite Spa group wants to create a platform so that visitors can go down to the riverside.
Members plan to uncover old gateposts and steps which marked the gateway to the river bank when a spa operated in Slaithwaite during the Victorian era.
The spa, built in 1825, had a bowling green, tennis courts, bandstand, ballroom, swimming pool and treatment baths, using mineral-rich water.
But the spa and buildings closed in 1938 and they were eventually demolished in the 1960s.
Chris Woolnough, a member of the Friends, said: "Slaithwaite Spa is a shadow of what it used to be.
"There used to be paths along the riverbanks where visitors could dip their toes or even swim in the river.
"These have all been lost and there are no safe access points down to the river's edge.
"Our platform will create a safe area for picnics, fishing or just sitting and watching the river."
The Friends of Slaithwaite Spa plan to start building their platform next month and hope it will be ready in time for summer.
The project is being paid for by the lottery's Awards For All scheme, Slaithwaite's Community Spirit charity shop and the Colne Valley Area Committee.
Building the platform is just one project that the Friends of Slaithwaite Spa are undertaking to restore the area to its former glory.
For details, contact Chris Woolnough on wulfnoth@ btinternet.com or Mick Smith at the River Colne Project on 01484 847798.