Friday, 21 February 2020

Still working at Slieve Donard

My work session at Slieve Donard continues, now into its fifth month. Slieve Donard is Northern Ireland's highest mountain, and even in the winter, has a very high footfall of path users. The path I am helping to repair is managed by the National Trust, and I work alongside their team of mountain rangers and also their volunteers. I also work beside Mourne Heritage Trust as we carry out vital repairs and maintenance to the Donard main path, and also a section of the Bloody Bridge path. Path working in the hills in winter is always a trial, and this winter is no different but we are persevering. As usual!!

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Donard December Update

A wet and dangerously windy day in December- perfect time for an update on our ongoing project at Slieve Donard.
For the last few months, I have been helping out with the National Trust on the main path to Donard- carrying out  path construction on the first two sections of the path, lower down in the glen, just past the 'treeline.'
This has been a collaboration with the Mourne mountain rangers of the National Trust and myself, and we have also had alot of help from Mourne Heritage Trust and the volunteers of the Trust as well- truely a great example of teamwork. We still have alot of work to do on these section including landscaping etc, but we have a  path now thats easy to navigate, that wasn't there before.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Summit of Donard for a Month

So July 2019 will be remembered by me as the month I walked up to the top of Northern Ireland's highest mountain every working day. Admittedly, we got a wee shortcut that cut 15mins off the journey but it was still an effort for me. I was working with the Mournes mountain rangers of the National Trust, carrying out construction of single line definition  features including stone cross drains, pitching, steps and blocking /landscaping. We were assisted by some hardy and dedicated volunteers and by Mournes Heritage Trust who have a long history of carrying out pathwork in the Mournes. Successful month, despite the variable weather, but we achieved alot in a short period of time.  Time, however, will tell, if we can increase the amount of people who stick to the path and hopefully let the overwalked, trodden but precious vegetation recover.

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Great Views May Happen- in May!

On of the great delights about our job is the fantastic views we get to see in  carrying out our work. This May saw us finishing our work at Ballochbuie in Balmoral but also saw us carrying out visits to other parts of the Cairngorms for research and we also had a visit to the Mourne mountains in N.I to carry out a survey and to help with a training workshop. Great opportunities to snap some fine views- and do some work too obviously!!

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Back in the Woods

 A wee lag in getting updates on the site, but no lack of work for the Upland Access team as we continued working in St Abbs for another month or so and then we have been back in the woods of Ballochbuie in the Balmoral estate. Weather has been difficult but we continue to do good stuff for our  clients.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Shortest day, last working day of the year.

St Abbs National Nature Reserve has been our work destination for the last couple of months. This spectacular coastal reserve managed by the National Trust for Scotland can be found on the far south east corner of Scotland and has seen us construct a stone pitched and gravel path at Starmley bay.
Some great views and hard work and some logistical problem solving has been the lasting memories of this job but we got the job done in time for the christmas break. Have a nice time folks!