Surprising Donation

Surprising Donation

You never know where a donation might appear from! Out of the blue, we received a whopping £500 donation from Clair Ridge Welfare Team. Clair Ridge is an oil platform 75km west of Shetland, and through one of our Pathminders, they got to know about the Ayrshire Coastal Path, and how we were desperate for funds to allow us to continue our maintenance programme. Without any further correspondence, we received the donation. Thanks so much to the Clair Ridge team. It is worth having a a look at the excellent video on their website, showing the vast scale of the platform. Please note the above photo is not the actual Clair Ridge, which is much...
News Round-up – December 2020

News Round-up – December 2020

Season’s greetings to all our supporters, volunteer pathminders and path-users. What an unusual year it’s been! The path was effectively closed to anyone other than local walkers during the early-months’ lockdown and more recently under the local restrictions. Also the ACP maintenance teams, in common with other businesses and organisations have had to adapt to meet the various changes in the regulations. But adapt they did and the essential work of keeping the path in good order has continued without interruption since the end of national lockdown in June. Recent improvements include the forming of an easier, 300m off-beach section through the bracken, south of Ladywell burn waterfall at Drumbain (see previous news post) and handrails have been added to the footbridge over the Mill burn at Drumbain Mains. In association with the Scottish Wildlife Trust, eight new information boards have been sited at selected locations to highlight the wonderful range of wildlife to be found along the path and work has recently been completed on the establishment of a wildflower meadow on the grassy slopes at Drumbain. This latter work is part of the SWT project to create a “Nectar Network” Irvine to Girvan. Of course, all of the activity to enhance the ACP for the benefit of walkers comes at a cost, even although much of the effort involves reuse and recycling of resources wherever possible. A recent, new, on-line appeal for donations to assist this work has been highly successful and thanks is due to all those who have contributed so far and thus helped to ensure that the ACP retains its status as one of...
Improved path at Drumbain

Improved path at Drumbain

During the summer months when COVID lockdown finally eased, our Pathminders created a much-needed improvement north of Dunure at Drumbain – where walkers have had to negotiate several hundred metres of rough, rocky shore south of Drumbain waterfall. They have cut a new wide path through 300m of head-high, bracken jungle along the bank above the foreshore – which was previously impassable, and is now accessed by a flight of stone steps built up the bank just south of the waterfall, next to one of our Blue Bins. Now we have a level grassy path that is already much appreciated by our regular walkers After- 300m of good path Before – Drumbain...
What a success!

What a success!

On 11 November 2020, we launched our first ever Go Fund Me! As many of you will know, the ACP is managed and maintained by volunteers and we rely on donations to pay for equipment, tools and materials to carry out ongoing path maintenance. So if you have ever enjoyed a walk on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, this is your opportunity to support our work. If everyone who follows our work on Facebook was to donate the price of a cuppa, it would cover our costs for the coming year. Thanks a million! But the great news is that we reached our target in just 10 day! That was £1000, which allows us to continue our work erecting signs, and carrying out maintenance. All teh labour is done by the volunteer Pathminders, but we do need funds to buy equipment and...
New handrails for bridge

New handrails for bridge

Earlier this week our Pathminders completed adding handrails to the footbridge near Dunure. Some before, during and after photos for you! And whilst we are talking about this type of work, can we just say a huge THANK YOU to the 43 people who have donated to our Maintenance Fundraiser over the past 2 weeks! We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and it is humbling to know that so many of you care about the Ayrshire Coastal Path and it’s...

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