Currarie/Langdale Cliff-top route reopened

Currarie/Langdale Cliff-top route reopened

We’ve done it! Following his approach in July 2021 we had several meetings with the new beef farmer at Langdale Farm, Ballantrae, to discuss the problems and solutions for establishing a route over his electric-fenced land, that would allow walkers safe access. We agreed on a spectacular field edge cliff-top route, which finally drops down to an attractive new shore-line track to Ballantrae over two Sites of Special Scientific Interest north of Langdale – for which we were delighted to obtain the approval of Glenapp Estate the landowners, and NatureScot, who are responsible for the SSSIs. New squeeze stiles being fabricated Like many other modern farmers, electric fences are used to control and manage efficient strip-grazing of his pasture-land. With concerns expressed – and also problems previously caused – by walkers confronted with electric fences, our solution was to design and have built, two portable metal “Squeeze Stiles” (see Photos). Their spiked feet will be driven into the ground at the cliff-top ends of two mobile electric fences defining the strips of pasture presently being grazed. These fences – and the stiles – will progress sequentially along the grazing field as the grass is cropped. Walkers will simply have to raise the metal bar, shimmy through the gap sideways, drop and secure the bar behind them, and proceed on their way. NB. Similar in concept to the curved-stone “squeeze stiles” common in the Lake District, they have been fully trialled by several volunteer Pathminders of various heights (and widths!) – and no one has yet got stuck! Since early December 2021, a great pool of 21 Pathminders, comprising squads...
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