Rothiemurchus’s core path network has always been well used and is absolutely integral to our conservation efforts. It’s important that the paths are kept in optimal condition so that we’re all able to minimise disturbance to the wildlife refuges around them. However they also need to provide safe and comfortable access routes for our visitors.
Last year we improved two paths at Loch an Eilein to improve accessibility for visitors. Improvements to the path from the car park to the loch should stop it from becoming waterlogged in winter. In response to visitor feedback, we made the path in front of the loch leading from the Milton burn suitable for all abilities.
We have also made a great start to heather strimming on the Old Logging Way to reclaim the path from the encroaching forest, building on last year’s tree and branch clearance. Through the year we will continue our ongoing clearance of branches, drains and culverts on other core paths.
We are delighted the Cairngorms National Park Authority Visitor Infrastructure Improvement Programme has awarded funding for two core paths; the path from Lochan Deo to Loch an Eilein, and
sections of the path that passes the Lily Loch (Lochan Mor). Work will take place over the next couple of months and we will try to minimise the impact on visitors as this necessary works takes place.