Update: Glen Nevis path to remain closed until end of October

Local contractors start repair work following a significant rockfall at Steall Gorge in Glen Nevis in mid-September

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Following a significant rockfall at Steall Gorge in Glen Nevis in mid-September, Fort William based Thistle Access will start work on Monday 10 October to remove remaining rock and tree debris from the slopes above the footpath.

They will assess the area before securing or removing any unstable objects. The path will be closed for the duration of this work, from 10 October to 30 October.

The Trust has updated signage in the local area warning of the increased danger of debris falling onto the path while these operations take place.

Alison Austin, Nevis Land Manager at the John Muir Trust said: “It will be extremely dangerous to be on the path while the team at Thistle Access conduct the safety work above it.

“Our intention is to dislodge as few rocks as possible to limit further damage, but there is an increased likelihood of further debris falling onto the path while the operations take place.”

Once this safety operation is completed, another local contractor called Stonescape will start a second phase of work which involves repairing damage to the path itself. This is expected to begin in early November.

Alison Austin said “When the safety work is finished we will have a path team from Stonescape on site immediately to repair damage. We will aim to re-open the path at this time, with public access maintained as far as possible while the repair phase of the work is underway.”

The Trust thanks supporters of its Wild Ways Path Appeal whose generosity has enabled the estimated £30,000 repair works to be initiated quickly. Anyone interested in supporting the work of the charity to maintain access to wild places can donate at www.johnmuirtrust.org/wildways