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Laide Wood Footpath Upgrade

Work in progress

Posted: Sunday 24 February, 2013

Since the construction of the circular path at Laide and Aultbea  Community Woodland a lot of volunteer time and resources have been put into keeping the path to a high standard and in a safe condition. This has involved removing dangerous trees overhanging the path, clearing encroaching vegetation, unblocking drains, repair work after heavy rain and clearing out water bars. Along with these tasks a small team of volunteers regularly empty the dog waste bin although it is still unfortunate that a minority of visitors with dogs still don’t use the bin.  

During the last three years work has continued behind the scenes on a footpath upgrade and extension program with this year’s work now completed. During the first year of the program most of the circular path received a top dressing of quarry dust and any soft patches were repaired. Last year saw the start of a new path around Loch na Cathrach Duibhe through the trees heading towards the wildlife hide. This year has seen the completion of this path now linking the hide via a new circular route.

Work on this project has been funded partly through the Scottish Rural Development Program and income from membership and donations. Our aim is to continue the path to the waterfall, to do this we rely on membership subscriptions and donations to help towards the cost. Please note that access beyond the hide to the waterfall is not currently recommended owing to dangerous trees and walking conditions.

Our thanks go to Murdo McRae and his team who have carried out the work for us over the last three years, with difficult access and often weather conditions they continue to produce a high quality finish.

 

Andrew Jackman

 

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