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 years.
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 walkers.
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 2017
You will remember when Natalie attended the Rotary Club of Ayr meeting in July last year. She was attempting a 6000-mile journey round the coast of Great Britain in memory of her five year old daughter Elizabeth who died in December 2015 – and hoping to raise £100,000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital. In fact she topped this target with a fantastic £115,000!
The Club presented Natalie with a new pair of boots, to help her on her way and a few members walked alongside her on part of the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
Congratulations Natalie on competing your walk!
One of our Pathminders, Ron Ireland, took this photo of a stranded seal on 8 February 2017, at Bracken Bay. Apart from that, Ron spotted a couple of Roe deer, nesting ravens in the Fisherton Gulley and various other species.
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Now that Fisherton Gully steps are complete, we have started on Smugglers Brae, near Dunure. A big task for our Pathminders squad, but favourable weather has allowed us to make good progress. Here Ron Ireland, retired civil engineer, surveys the first of a proposed 29 steps.
And a satisfactory morning’s work can be seen.
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 volunteers.
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 treads.
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, read more…