Meall a Bhuachaille path gets volunteer makeover

Volunteers are busy hard at work upgrading one of the Cairngorm's most popular walks.

Meall a' Bhuachaille summit

Meall a’ Bhuachaille summit

Eight people are currently working on Meall a Bhuachaille, just north of Glenmore Lodge, near Aviemore, which had been beginning to show some heavy path erosion.

The project has been organized by Cairngorm Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) and Forestry Commission Scotland, which manages the Forest park. The Commission is additionally providing forestry work experience for some of the trainees keen to develop skills in this area.

Brian Duff, the Commission’s recreation forester in Glenmore Forest Park, said: “It’s great to have such enthusiastic and committed people come forward to take on this kind of work.

“The views from Meall a Bhuachaille are quite spectacular so this is a really popular route but unfortunately this means that erosion can become a problem.

“It’s not always something that we have the time or resources to address so working with the Outdoor Access Trust means that people who are keen to learn outdoor hand-build skills can gain practical experience in real life situations.

“The path will remain open while the work is carried out so all of the visitors who come here to tackle the hill will not be disappointed.”

It is expected that work on the 1.2km section of path from the edge of the woodland up to the summit, will take ten weeks to complete. For details of the route up Meall a’Bhuachaille including OS mapping with the path marked on see Walkhighlands.

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