Autumn path repairs kick-off

Following an enthusiastic response to the Trust’s Wild Ways path appeal, specialist contractors can start repairs on a number of our paths t

Following an enthusiastic response to the Trust’s Wild Ways path appeal, specialist contractors can start repairs on a number of our paths this autumn including major repair work on the Bla Bheinn path on Skye.

Relatively minor repair work has already started on the main Ben Nevis path (pictured on the right). Local contractor Stonescape has put in additional drainage features around corners one to three to consolidate one of the busiest upland paths in Britain and the main route up our highest mountain. This work is part of the Nevis Landscape Partnership which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Highland Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, John Muir Trust, and Lochaber Chamber of Commerce.

The Trust will also be working on the Schiehallion path in September, again to consolidate a very popular path and to stop it from deteriorating. Mountain footpath specialists, Upland Access, will be undertaking this work, giving valuable work experience to a couple of our regular work party volunteers who are keen to learn more about some of the technical work involved.

Upland Access are then tackling the Bla Bheinn path on Skye from October to Christmas. Major path repairs will fix a 300 metre section that has become badly gullied and is now 7 metres wide. This project is aiming to naturalise the repairs as much as possible. This is an exciting and challenging project – keep an eye out for regular updates on the web-site later in the year.

You can help protect our hills and paths by donating to the Wild Ways appeal: online, over the phone on 01796 470080, by texting MUIR14 £10 to 70070, or by sending a cheque to John Muir Trust, Tower House, Station Road, Pitlochry, PH16 5AN

For further information on the Trust’s path project and path repair work please contact Chris Goodman.