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and after giving walkers one last chance after several stupid incidents in Summer 2015, he has now had enough, and has withdrawn his consent to the route of...

Update on permanent Bull Pens

A second electrified Bullpen has now been built on foreshore land just north of the wrack road from Burnside farm – with a 100m open gap between it and the larger one to the south, which has had a new electrified fence corridor installed to herd bulls from pen to adjacent field. When empty, walkers can pass through both pens. When occupied by bulls, walkers should bypass both pens by following a black marker post and steps down to the beach at its south end, and walking 350m along the shore to a white-topped wooden post re-joining the path at its north end – or vice-versa. Keep controlled dogs well out of sight and range of these big...