11 APRIL 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15413
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Hill walkers and mountaineers visiting Lochaber will find their way a bit easier going – thanks to the Forestry Commission Scotland team in the area.
The Lochaber team has just completed some improvement works to some of the popular hill access trails which cross the national forest estate in the area.
Using traditional hand-build methods the contractors set down new stone steps, stone water bars, resurfaced some small sections and re-routed others.
Kirsty Mann of the Forestry Commission Lochaber team said:
"These are important access routes that take visitors to some of the best walking and climbing in the country – and they were in need of a bit of a makeover.
“They were a little the worse for wear having been eroded by weather or damaged in places by harvesting work going on in the forest.
“We’ve made the paths clearer to follow, resurfaced them and generally given them a bit of an upgrade to make the hill walkers’ day out that bit more enjoyable.
“Taking on the hills in this area can be challenging enough without having to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to see the path through the forest when you’re setting off in the early morning or returning, tired and hungry in the late evening!”
The trail improvements include upgrades to the Achriabhach Trail through Glen Nevis Forest, which accesses the munros in the south of the glen; the Coffin Route in Glencoe, which runs from the Glencoe Lochan and is one of the trails used to access the Pap of Glencoe; the trail starting from Glen Duror forest, the Public Right of Way in Glenhurich and the path at St John’s, Ballachulish.
For more information and a downloadable map of the routes visit http://www.forestry.gov.uk/lochaberhillpaths
Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
1) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a’ riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland