Monday, 5 October 2015

Lochnagar finished- for this year.

Our team finished our sortie at Lochnagar,- for this year. As part of the Mountains and Peoples project organised by Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, we have been doing path line definition work at one of Scotland's most iconic mountains. This involves creating a route through an indistinct area of the plateau, with a view to helping the eroded vegetation recover. Working at nearly 4000 ft is challenging but our teams worked well and we think have made a big difference.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Autumn ? at Lochnagar

This week has seen us arrive aback at the very popular hill, Lochnagar in the Scottish Cairngorms. In a week that has went from the extremes of a windless midgefest to 60mph gales in the space of a couple of days, our team has valiantly battled on, defining a single pathline to enable the eroded areas at the plateau to hopefully recover. Carrying out work on behalf of our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust we have 2 teams working back to back through the month of September.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Road trip to Glen Nevis

We had a nice wee road trip to Glen Nevis where we had to help reinstate an archaeological site.
It was a round trip of 7 hours but the views were great. Our client was AOC Archaeology.

Bachnagairn finally completed.

After persevering for 2 months and overcoming  major flood damage we finally crossed the finishing line of our job at Bachnagairn, Glen Clova. Working for our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, we battled a plague of midges everyday in what has been a really challenging project.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Floods and Pestilence- what next, fire?

That's our team been battling hard for over a month now against midgies, a massive flood that wiped out our work and caused great damage to the landscape. But we just got to keep plodding on hoping we eventually can overcome- but its no easy!!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

We are looking for Mountain Path workers...

Thanks for the interest, starting on the shortlist.!


Physically fit and active person required for a team of upland pathworkers , working  in sometimes remote and mountainous areas of Scotland.  Although this is a short term position from August to November 2015 , (subject to weather conditions and availability of work during  these dates) there may be scope for continuous employment if more work becomes available.

Suitable applicant will have to be able to work hard in remote locations and be up for the challenge of walking for over an hour uphill before starting work. The team also works an 8 day stint on with 6 days off so the successful applicant will need to be sociable and flexible, and work well in a team.
 Although the ideal applicant should have experience in Upland Footpath work using traditional dry stone techniques, enthusiasm and ability to work hard are essential. A full drivers licence is preferred as driving may be part of the duties. 
Applicants with good experience in neighbouring disciplines ie, landscaping, stonework, estate work, and rangering will be taken seriously, but previous upland footpath work experience is preferred. 
Please note:- this work is extremely strenuous and physically demanding.

Rate of Pay is £7.20 per hour to £7.80 per hour (dependent on experience) plus accommodation, food and some travel while working away.
Please contact by email or by writing  with details of previous relevant experience, reasons for suitability, and  availability to start-

to  Matt McConway, Director ;-


Or by writing to:-

Upland Access Ltd., Hillside Cottage, James Street, Blairgowrie, PH10 6EZ

Closing date for applicants will be the 10th August 2015.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Back again at Bachnagairn

Last week saw Upland Access' s team start a new pathwork project at Bachnagairn, Glen Clova area in the Angus Glens. This construction work at the lower end of the Glittering Skellies is part of the 5 year project Scotlands National Parks- Mountains and People run by our client Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust that will see significant improvements to paths within the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Parks.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Bench-ing in a path !

Another stint over ,- our last this season- for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at the Roaches. As this photograph shows, our work continues to have a great effect on this very busy but special area.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A fine week in April...

Another fine week in Staffordshire's Peak District saw Upland Access Ltd's team putting in a hard shift in the unexpected but welcome sunny weather. This week we installed stone pitching, aggregate path, side ditching, and associated landscaping- working for our client Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sunshine over the Roaches at Easter.

An excellent spell of weather at the Easter Weekend, made up for a couple of horrendous days before hand. Our team are still working at the Roaches for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, on the Staffs side of the Peak District. This site is probably the busiest we have worked on with the Easter path users out in force- everyone having a good time enjoying their day off ( while we grafted in the sun!)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Eclipse? Oh yeh, it was pretty cool.

On a week that saw us experience the eclipse, our team carried on with the fine work they are doing at Roaches Ridge in the Peak District. A good week saw plenty of work completed including these sections of path overlooking some dramatic landscapes.

Work carried out for our client Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Windy week at the Roaches

Another good week if not a wee bit chilly,for our team at Roaches Ridge in Staffordshire. Work is progressing on a really busy path and its quite amazing to see the number of climbers out on Saturday.
This work is on behalf of our client Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Peak District

Started work on our project at Roaches Ridge in the Peak District NPA. Good start with us battling flurries and blizzards- so nothing new there then!
Client is Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Friday, 30 January 2015

"If its not the snow, its the wind..."

A slow start to the year for the Upland Access team as we struggle to get any work done due to snow, ice and wind.  But our motto is " Adapt, improvise and overcome" and thats what we will do!
This week saw us attempting to work away at the Burn O Vat path at the Muir of Dinnet NNR.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Happy New Year

Have a guid New Year- look forward to meeting you on a hill near you!