Nevis Steall Gorge footpath closed for at least a month

Trust to work with local contractors on £30k repair programme following recent rockfall

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Following the major rockfall on the popular Steall Gorge path on 13-14 September, the John Muir Trust has confirmed that the path will be closed for at least a month while specialist contractors repair the route.

Local contractors will start work soon to make access safe again, by removing debris from the path, including loose and unstable boulders from the area above the path, and stabilising damaged trees.

It’s estimated that the work will cost the John Muir Trust, who owns the Steall Gorge area as well as the summit of Ben Nevis, as much as £30,000.

Alison Austin, the John Muir Trust’s Nevis Land Manager said: “We’re finalising the details of the repair project with local contractors and will start work soon. We have funds immediately available that have been donated by Trust members and the public to our Wild Ways Path Fund. It’s why we ask for support year round, so that we can react as quickly as possible to this kind of event and make sure we can maintain safe access to well-loved paths while making sure the environment is respected.”

Read more (including advice on an alernative route for experienced hillwalkers) here.

The Trust is continuing to call for donations to its Wild Ways Path Appeal, so that it can continue to afford to maintain and repair the paths in its care.

Donate to the Wild Ways Path Appeal here.

Page updated 29 September 2016