Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Quick sortie to Jocks Road




A quick blast at Jocks Rd for this year- both our teams had a stint each carrying out repairs and construction of drainage and stone work. It was good to see last years work bedding in and providing another couple of hundred metres of defined path that is going to make a real difference. Jocks Road is a historic Drovers route that joins Glen Doll to Glen Callater enabling some walkers to walk from Glen Clova nr Kirriemuir to Braemar. It also provides access to a few munros too. This work is part of the The Mountains and The People project - a joint national park upland path repair initiative managed by our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust . 

The weather last week? -mixed bag with amazing blue skies one second and gloomy clouds of midgies the next. Cant complain - when the midge bites are many on yer face it looks from a distance like a good tan. Those are the breaks!
Next job- Lochnagar Plateau.


Monday, 8 August 2016

Done and Dusted at the Cobbler

We passed the finishing line of this years' work at the Cobbler and the stone constructed path  has been receiving great feedback from regular users of this very busy path in Loch Lomond  and Trossachs National Park. Over two hundred tonnes of stone and material were moved by hand in the works which included drainage and landscaping. This project was for our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.







Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Stone Pitching at the Cobbler

More stonework constructed by our teams as we are close to the finishing line of our most recent contract on the Cobbler, a very popular hill within the boundaries of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. This type of work where you are using large local stone to construct a natural and durable walking surface, is extremely hard, all manual labour,




and our teams have done well in keeping to the tight schedule.
One of the particular problems of this site is the water that cascades down the path- more a river that a path at sometimes. This has meant constructing large stone drainage features and ditches to carry the water away and through the path- very effective so far and we have seen some violent rainfall recently. Our client in this job is Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust who are managing the Mountains and People project .

Friday, 17 June 2016

Same Cobbler, different path..

We won another contract on the Cobbler, this time the main approach path for climbers. Its going to be heavy stonework construction and we made a great start this stint with everyone working really hard. This project is part of the The Mountains and The People project, a combined National Park approach with management provided by Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.


Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Summer is here?

Blazing sunshine for the last 2 stints at the Cairngorms- we really are being spoiled with the waterproofs staying stubbornly in the rucksacks. More good work done by our team on the path overlooking Loch Muick at Balmoral estate, heading twds the Dubh Loch. Here you can see the difference our work makes to eroded and washed out areas of the path. This work is on behalf of our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

A tale of 2 lochs

Back working in Balmoral Estate but this time we had the sun beating down on us all stint. Our team started the stint by carrying out repairs to a section of path round Loch Muick that had been severely damaged by the floods at xmas time. We then carried all our tools 3 kms to the path that leads towards the Dubh Loch. This project is to carry out low key, natural repairs to the path, mainly sort out drainage issues and anything else that may be causing erosion. Works carried out for our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust as part of the Mountains and the People Project.


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Thursday, 5 May 2016

'Ne'er cast a cloot til May is oot...!"

Just when we thought that the weather was beginning to settle down, the old adage of 'Never cast a cloot afore May is ooot" came back to bite us. We saw bitterly cold blizzards on the Cobbler, even as our stint turned into May and we lost a good bit of time on this contract as its pretty hard to work in a white out.  Our team worked really hard and as we were coming to the end of this project, removing tools from the top of the hill and walking them down a slippery slope can be arduous and sketchy- still a hard shift with the added hardship of freezing temperatures. Roll on summer- please!!




Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Still shivering in April at the Cobbler

Any thoughts of winter leaving us where well dismissed as we experienced wind chill factors that was in the minus 10 categories. Cold enough to give us trouble gripping our sandwiches at time as we shivered on our break in our emergency mountain shelter. But this is what you expect when you are working at plus 2000ft in the Scottish mountains and this one being the Cobbler or Ben Arthur to use its proper name. Repair works and line definition works carried out for Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust as part of the Mountains and The People project.







Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Arrochar Alps

A rare dry week for the Upland Access team as we finally got motoring on all cylinders at our worksite near Arrochar. The approach path to the Arrochar Alps, is were you will find us for the next wee while as we carry out vital repairs on this very popular footpath and in doing so, limiting the potential erosion to the hill. Spectacular views were another perk of the job this week and we soon realized the 'draw' of this hill.





Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Snow shoes at the Cobbler.

The UA team was working at the approach path to Ben Arthur otherwise known as the Cobbler. A typical scottish week in February where we saw snow, blizzards, sleet, rain, and even some t-shirt wearing sunshine. Working on behalf of our client Cairngorms Outdoor Accces Trust as part of The Mountains and the People project, we are carrying out repairs to sections of this path but deep snow hampered our progress on the open hill but we managed to keep gainfully employed in the section through the woods.


























Below is  classic 'before and after' photos, showing the difference path repairs can do in keeping water off the path to stop further damage.


Saturday, 13 February 2016

Macgillicudy Reeks Mountain Access Project

Upland Access Ltd had the privilege of being involved in the training of Kerry mountain footpath workers in Ireland last week.  The project is organised by the South Kerry Development partnership whose aims are to redress erosional problems in the Macgillicudy Reeks mountains but also provide training and employment for locals.
Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust have provided logistical support for this project and our part in this exciting development is through them.




Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Below zero at Clyde Valley NNR

First stint back of 2016 saw us shivering in a biting wind and snowey conditions at the nature reserve that follows the River Mouse in Lanark.  Our team persevered and had a great work rate at we tackled awkward cross- slopes and drainage issues for our client SNH.




Saturday, 26 December 2015

Holidays!

Hope everyone has a great time over the holidays. Our team had a hard week before we could finally relax for a hard won rest. See you in 2016





Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Cateran Trail

Our team has been working on the Cateran trail this week for Perth&Kinross Countryside Trust.

-The Cateran Trail is a 103 kilometres circular long distance walking route in central Scotland. The official start and end is at Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross. Wikipedia-


As you can see, the work has made immediate improvement to some tricky sites.