Cummingston Cliff – Erosion
I spent the weekend relaxing after a busy week with Outfitmoray a local Charity in the Cairngorms. I got out for a few local walks and how I love this area getting a few lovely wanders along the coast. There were walkers on the coastal walk, wild water swimmers out, kayaks people loving this place.
It was good to see my local crag Cummingston it was busy with climbers but the path is so eroded now. I have tried to get the users of the crag to get together and sort it out but I am getting no joy. In the meantime the path gets worse and the groups get bigger at this wonderful place. It is an area that flowers cover the grasses and sand near the path, where locals watch the dolphins and kids explore the caves. It is not just a climbing venue.
Sadly if we keep hammering it and no one looks after it things can only get worse. It is even worse that many of the groups are using the cliff and are charging for the clients and yet nothing goes back into looking after this special place.
In the past with the RAF Mountain Rescue we tried our best to look after each cliff and keep our numbers at a reasonable level. We repaired fixed belays and helped look after the path even sorting it out at times and trying to limit erosion. There is funding, it takes time but someone needs to get a grip of the situation and I am sure there was a project looking at the feasibility of the upkeep of the cliff.
Climbers and organisations must remember this area is popular with locals and kids the caves and beach are a huge attraction to young local families and visitors but sadly the path now needs care and is so slippy and worn. Anyone or Organisation interested or embarrassed by this post please get together and do something please?
I will be down looking at what groups are using the cliffs and their numbers, it may be a good project if I get time? Or is this a waste of time?
Comments welcome also if you know any information about the project done a few years ago on the cliffs, I would love a copy?