Flooded Glenapp Estate Track at top of Turf

        On the Glenapp section at the top of Turf Hill, walkers may find a couple of 20m long dubs (mega-puddles!) filling the full width of the estate track. After heavy rain (and it’s now Autumn), these might be well over boot height and require a detour either side to get past. Until the Estate can free up machinery from other more pressing jobs, to backfill the track, we would suggest perhaps traversing along the fence side, as there is always something to hold on to – and there is a deep area on the west side that might swallow the unwary up to their...

The work never stops…

On 22 August, an impromptu, small party of two (Jimmy and Ron) did some tidying work along the shore between Fisherton and Drumbain Gullies. Main tasks were spraying the weeds on the Fisherton steps down the gully, repainting and clearing the sea radish and marram grass around the nearly invisible waymarker cairn, plastic litter picking (two bagfuls), and stockpiling old fishboxes for later soft path bottoming purposes. Carrying on to Drumbain burn, Jimmy collected plant-head and seed specimens from near the new bridge to allow him to carry out some botanical experiments known only to himself! Victorian plant hunters – eat your hearts...

New footbridge over Ladywell Burn north of Dunure

Walkers will be glad to learn that, with just two mornings’ work, six Pathminders completed a new sleeper bridge over the Ladywell Burn, 1km north of Dunure. Though a small burn easily forded in dry weather, it was a bit of a problem during spates, and has been on our ‘to-do’ list for some time. We are now moving on to the notorious Wet Gully 300m further north, where a 70m ditch has been dug to improve drainage, a new path-line pegged out, and work begun to provide a firm base underfoot. Work in progress....

Another superb donation from Cunninghame Ramblers

Topping a recent gift of £92 from their Christmas Raffle, Cunninghame Ramblers have delighted us with a further surprise donation of £500 towards Path maintenance. This will let us buy 5 tonnes of whin chips to surface the Fisherton Gully path from top to shore. A much needed improvement. Thank you Cunninghame Ramblers – our top Walkers – who have now donated almost £900 to support our work over the past eight...

Completion of new stepped path – Smugglers Brae, Dunure

Over the past three months, Pathminder squads have spent 282 man-hours at the Smugglers Brae, Dunure, converting a slippery muddy slope into a fine stepped, surfaced path. This was only made possible by a grant of £1550 from SAWET (South Ayrshire Waste Environmental Trust); the supply of 50 old sleepers from Trump Turnberry Golf Course; and a generous donation of £500 from Hillhouse Quarries Ltd to buy 10 Tonnes of whin chips. All materials had to brought on site by hand, sack and barrow. It’s amazing what a gang of OAPs can do – unpaid but willing! And there’s now a seat at the top, with a spectacular view, for tired...

Eleventh Annual Rotary Beach Clean 1 April 2017

Five Rotary Clubs, Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick and Troon, with a total of 240 volunteers, cleared 565 bags of rubbish over a 19-mile coastline from Girvan to Troon. Working with the Marine Conservation Society, we counted 2,800 plastic bottles of all shapes and sizes. Calculating we must have lifted 33,000 bottles over 11 years, this info has been sent to MSPs at Holyrood to support a current cross-party call for a Plastic Bottle Deposit scheme – something sorely needed. Read the full report The Plastic Peril Report...