Who maintains the hill paths ? Blessed are the path makers !

With the huge increase in people on the hill and the increased use on the hill – paths who maintains the hill paths we use? This is not just walkers but mountain bikers as well.

Blessed are the path makers ?

I was recently in Arran and amazed by the improvement in the paths and the re – wilding done. What used to be a boggy path up Glen Rosa is now a joy to walk on.

Glen Rosa path

It’s the same in many places the path to the CIC hut was a nightmare many years ago it was a mud bath now another path so well improved it’s a pleasant walk.

Track to CIC hut.

I support the John Muir Trust and I know they assist path work on Ben Nevis and Assynt. It would be great to see everyone who uses the hills supports these paths. The authors of the guide books for walking and cycling could help by donating some of their profits to maintainable paths. I know some do ? I wonder do you if your in a club does your club help ? The Scottish Mountain Trust donates money from their Guide books to path-work.

https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/land-and-sea-management/managing-access-and-recreation/recreation-policy/managing-upland-paths

Comments welcome as always.

Andy Alexander – “Have to agree Heavy was in Assynt recently and the John Muir trust do a great job. Quinag had very little erosion and the paths were great. Blessed be the path makers and maintainers indeed.”

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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