- Some of your favourite Scottish trails could be under threat – Core Paths Plan
- Heather BashMember
Some light reading for you:
And I didnt say all Estates I said: “the many”Posted 6 years agoscottalejMember
Jim don’t get hung up on the Ciaran path. The post was intended to get interest and get this message across.
‘Find out what you’re local council is up to before it’s too late! Get involved in meetings if you represent a mtb group as no one else on these commitees will represent the requirements of mountain bikers!’
These paths are being planned across Scotland and may affect the trails you ride. Maybe there are already mtb representatives on your local committee but don’t assume there are.Posted 6 years ago
The post was intended to get interest and get this message across.
So you’ll maybe see why people are pointing out the issue with your approach to it then? In anything to do with the planning process, a measured, rational, informed and thruthful approach will get you heard by the authorities a lot better than a sensationalist one using on completely unrealistic shock hypothetical scenarios. Just some professional advice 🙂Posted 6 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
epicyclo – Member
My heart bleeds for the estate owners and their loss making estates.
Perhaps they would consider turning them over to the local community so they can be spared this great loss.
Unfortunately that is the prevailing attitude and is not very helpful. It is very expensive to maintain tracks, paths, drainage etc. Whoever owns the estates has to make money from it to cover these costs. Without maintenance access would quickly deteriorate as would our ability to enjoy that access.
Heather_Bash, to quote from the article in that link:
Hill tracks are important for essential land management and allow ease of access for farmers.
Farmers and crofters have a legitimate need to construct, maintain and develop tracks constructed in lower lying land for their purposes of land management.
I am absolutely not defending the right of landowners to bulldoze tracks anywhere they want in the countryside. I am trying to point out that there has to be some consideration from MTBers and other users that our ability to easily access the hills is down to the invesment by the estates in their tracks, paths and drainage. This comes at a big cost, and estates make very little or no profit to pay for thisPosted 6 years agoTandemJeremyMember
Fair enough captain. Its just on this particular issue there is no effective system of checks and balances to prevent estate roads that are out of place.
Many folk don’t see the whole picture when looking at the highland estates – its complex and nuanced and without maintenance the landscape will change. A source of income and employment is neededPosted 6 years agoHeather BashMember
>I am absolutely not defending the right of landowners to bulldoze tracks anywhere they want in the countryside<
Thats fine then – I excuse you 😉
As for maintaining those that already exist I wholeheartedly agree with you – in fact I think the Scottish mtb community could, collectively, be doing a whole lot more to help maintain hill paths. Jumping on the Core Paths thing ‘to make our voice heard’ is not necessarily the best way to be going about things…Posted 6 years ago
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