Friday 22 March 2024

It's Up To Us: Pathwork on An Teallach

Last July I posted about Mountaineering Scotland and the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland's campaign about the need for investment in hill paths called It's Up To Us (see my piece here). Part of the project is to raise funds to repair a badly eroded footpath on An Teallach. A few days ago I visited the path work to see how it was going and to to get a feel for what actually doing the work is like. 

I was there for The Great Outdoors magazine and there'll be a feature about my trip in the June issue. My role was to talk to the work crew - full timers and volunteers - and to experience the work. Photographer James Roddie was there to take photographs - you can see him at work in the picture above - so I only took a few phone snaps, which you can see here.

I was impressed with the skill and dedication of the workers and I learnt a great deal about path building. I also learnt how hard the work is! I'm looking forward to seeing James' photos of me trying to roll a big rock uphill and digging a hole for a rock step!

This is a major and important project worth supporting by anyone concerned about the state of Scotland's hill paths. 

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