Outlanders on the Coastal Path!

Literally on the Coastal Path – filming location scenes at Dunure Harbour. So our apologies to any walkers who stumbled back into the 18th Century today on reaching Dunure. An unexpected encounter – but an interesting one. Here today and gone tomorrow – which will conveniently let us begin work on the Smugglers’ Brae steps the next day. New “Pathminders” are always welcome to join our...

Fisherton Gully Steps

The Pathminders have completed building work on the new steps for the present, and have installed a welcome bench for weary walkers at the top of the brae, which is already being well used. In April, once his top field dries out, the farmer will dump a load of bottoming on site to surface the step...

Curragh Bullpens

Both bullpens on the foreshore opposite Burnside and Curragh Farms are currently occupied by a number of hefty Charolais bulls. So, until they are eventually vacated, walkers in either direction should bypass both pens by walking quietly along the adjacent foreshore till clear of this area....

Irresponsible Walkers with dogs

IRRESPONSIBLE WALKERS WITH DOGS FORCE PERMANENT CLOSURE OF CLIFFTOP SECTION OF AYRSHIRE COASTAL PATH FROM CURRARIE PORT TO LANGDALE FARM. Since 2008, we have repeatedly emphasised on the Website, the Guide Book, and our Farming and Outdoor Access panels at either end of this section, about the necessity of keeping all dogs at home – or on their leads when passing through fields of livestock – and that failure of walkers to act responsibly could easily result in closure of a part of the Coastal Path. In January 2016,, two young people with local accents ignored the “temporary closure” notices at Currarie Port road-end, and walked the cliff-top path with their three collie-sized dogs off the lead through Langdale farmland, spooking cattle and causing one to be bodily trapped in a ring-feeder. Walkers must realise they do not have a “Right to Roam” – they have a right of Responsible Access – and we are furious that the arrogance and ignorance of a tiny irresponsible minority has ruined a fantastic route for the 95% of genuine walkers who are considerate and mindful of the countryside – and of those for whom it is their precarious livelihood. The Langdale farmer, one of our strongest and most tolerant supporters, has already lost one cow worth £2000 due to gates left open, had fences knocked down by spooked cattle, and walkers tramping over newly seeded fields. He is trying to run a farming business, and after giving walkers one last chance after several stupid incidents in Summer 2015, he has now had enough, and has withdrawn his consent to the route of...

Winter Maintenance Work

The generous gift of a large number of old sleepers from Turnberry Golf Course, together with a mild early winter, has allowed our Pathminder Squad to push ahead with an ambitious maintenance and improvement programme. Having recently completed vital dune protection work at Pow Burn, Prestwick, we are now well advanced with step reconstruction on the upper part of the Fisherton Gully; and hope to start to build 20-25 new steps up the slippery slopes of Smugglers Brae, Dunure, early in the New Year. With “Work in Progress” we would ask walkers to take extra care when negotiating these areas. Any new Pathminder volunteers very...