Camp Sonic Alu Walking Poles

I was in Italy recently and having had a fair bit of knee strain decided against talking any walking gear, but when I got there things kind of eased off and felt up for a few light rambles. I was in the town of Tirano, on the Italian/Swiss border, and happened upon an outdoors shop there and thought I’d pick up a cheap pair of poles. In the end I found myself leaving with a pair of Camp Sonic Alu walking poles, and very pleased I was with them too.

Full Review Here: Camp Sonic Alu Walking Poles

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Right Of Way SM10 (Plains): Improved Access

Looking north up the path

Some time back I wrote that Right of Way SM10 (Ballochney Road to Jarvie Avenue) was in the process of being upgraded after being threatened with closure due to vandalism. The path was further threatened by a sinkhole which appeared at the end of Moffat View. I visited the path recently and found that access there has been significantly improved, with the section from Moffat View now properly surfaced, and a new access installed onto Killearn Crescent. Far from becoming an eyesore, this has actually become an asset to the community and has allowed quicker and easier access to the village from the new housing development.

New access at Killearn Crescent

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So, Er, Where’s The Ban?

Visiting Loch Lomond earlier this week I found that there was surprisingly little sign that there was a camping ban in place. I had planned to get the ferry from Tarbet to Inversnaid, and had around an hour to kill. I stopped in by the toilets/visitor centre and found a noticeboard and a rack of leaflets with information on everything from Glasgow School of Art to the Inverary Jail by way of Blair Drummond Safari Park. But nothing about the camping restrictions.

Full article: So, Er, Where’s The Ban?

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Ramblers Call for Core Paths to be shown on OS Maps

Signpost

Signpost

Two of the main deterrents to using rights of way and core paths are lack of signage and blockages to the footpaths themselves. Having created a definitive list of core paths I was disappointed to find that there is no statutory requirement to have any kind of signposting indicating the existence of the paths themselves. They say if you build it, they will come, but if you build it and don’t tell anyone, will they even know?

Ramblers (Scotland) are campaigning for core paths to be added to future editions of Ordnance Survey mapping, and this would be a great way of informing people using maps that there are paths and routes which are legally protected and which they have a right to use unimpeded.

You can show your support by signing HERE

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Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

“Is this the way to Arthur’s Seat?” is a question I’m asked more and more on my rambles around the Holyrood area. Since my job moved to Edinburgh I’ve found myself spending my breaks doing circuits of Holyrood Park…

Full Walk Report: Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

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North Lanarkshire’s Rubbish

The end of ROW SM17 & SM18 at Mountcow

The end of ROW SM17 & SM18 at Mountcow

The Christmas season usually sees an upsurge in fly-tipping, but some of the most recent cases I’ve seen were just before the festive season. Fly tippers are either becoming more brazen and seem to be going to new lengths to dump their rubbish, and by that I mean they are going off road, into woodland where they are less likely to be observed.

The first picture above is at Mountcow at the end of SM17/SM18 rights of way and is one of the worst cases of roadside dumping I’ve seen for some time. I’ve carried out numerous clean-ups at this site over the years, but this is a job which requires either a lot of manpower or plant equipment to clear away.

The right of way from Clarkston to Airdriehill (SM9) has been plagued by fly tipping at the Airdriehill end for many years, however since the gates have been removed the fly tippers have started driving up to the old Airdriehill House which is in a sorry state now, and completely unsuitable for anyone taking children or dogs due to the sheer volume of broken glass.

Airdriehill SM9

Airdriehill SM9

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Asbestos roofing?

Asbestos roofing?

Caution- Broken Glass!

Caution- Broken Glass!

Were this dumped at the roadside it would of course eventually be cleared by North Lanarkshire Council. Instead it is likely to remain in-situ for years to come.

Annieshill is also faring badly. With the chain removed from the path to allow vehicles access, fly-tippers have ventured further into the woods, with the car park and beyond now the site of repeated visits.

Old double glazing units at Annieshill

Old double glazing units at Annieshill

In the worst cases the main culprits appear to be builders, with much timber, glazing materials and old roofing in evidence.

Many years back North Lanarkshire Council installed signs warning fly-tippers that CCTV was in use. A freedom of information request suggested no such thing was ever deployed. With motion activated CCTV cameras available for under £100, NLC really has to look at installing some at known blackspots for fly-tipping. The savings, financially and environmentally would be considerable.

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Happy New Year

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New Years Day on Sron a’ Chlachain, Killin. In 60 mph+ winds, just the thing to clear away the cobwebs…

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