New Woodland Operations at Knockhill, Largs

Work has started on the Knock Hill footpath north-east of Largs. This section of the ACP is the High Road option offering outstanding views of the Firth of Clyde and the islands. Recently, the land through which the path passes was procured by new owners Eco Forestry who, through their contractor Scottish Woodlands, are carrying out a very welcome re-wilding project starting with an access track to permit the planting of native woodland trees on the land surrounding Knock Hill between Brisbane Mains farm and the point marked X on the map below. This will be of increasing benefit and environmental importance to both wildlife and walkers as the woodlands mature. The current work is programmed to take around three weeks and could mean some minor inconvenience to walkers. However, the path remains open and walkers are asked to please respect any temporary signage and to stay clear of any plant working in the...
A77 Bennane Section Improvement

A77 Bennane Section Improvement

Thanks to the helpful efforts of trunk road operator, Amey, the section of the ACP between Bennane Lea and Bennane Shore Holiday park is once again fully accessible. Running alongside the busy A77, the path here had long been difficult to negotiate in places and had been the subject of numerous complaints from walkers forced to turn back or to make dangerous deviations from the official route. Now however, as this selection of pictures show, the route is obvious, clear and safe. Well done to all who assisted in achieving this. Some minor adjustments to signing will be carried out as soon as restrictions allow and the ongoing routine maintenance should ensure that walkers will continue to benefit from these improvements. E-side emankment BeforeE-side embankment AfterW-side barrier BeforeW-side Barrier AfterW-side bund BeforeW-side bund...
2021 Rotary Beach Clean Cancellation

2021 Rotary Beach Clean Cancellation

Regrettably, it has been necessary, once again, to cancel the annual Rotary Beach Clean. However, there is a willingness among the five South Ayrshire Rotary Clubs (led by Ayr Rotary) to endeavour to hold, or participate in, individual, local clean-ups later in the year as and when Covid restrictions allow. Despite SAC’s ever-reducing budgets and manpower resource levels it is felt that beaches are generally cleaner than in the past and this is believed to be attributable to a greater appreciation of the environmental blight of litter generally and to the efforts of local communities (groups and individuals) to take more direct, positive actions to keep our beaches and neighbourhoods tidier. ACP is a great contributor to these efforts with the success of the Blue Bin initiative and the regular work-party clean-ups. Ayr Rotary is committed to continuing the Annual Spring Beach Clean, from 2022 onwards, for its improvement to the environment and for the overall benefit to the...
RELAXATION OF LOCKDOWN RULES

RELAXATION OF LOCKDOWN RULES

The travel-distance lockdown restriction is due to be relaxed from Friday 3 July meaning that folk are able to seek their outdoor exercise in accordance with near-normal, responsible-access laws. Social-distancing rules will still apply and the availability of facilities along the ACP will be uncertain at best. Path-users are urged to continue to exercise proper consideration for other users, local residents, landowners and farmers whose helpful cooperation we have enjoyed since the ACP opened 12 years ago. This will mean avoiding, as much as possible, physical contact with fixtures like fences and gates and, where this is unavoidable, using gloves and sanitiser. Walkers may notice that, in places, the path is more overgrown than usual since lockdown has meant suspension of routine vegetation control by the volunteer pathminders. However, this work has recently recommenced on a limited basis addressing the worst of the overgrown areas and the overall situation is expected to improve over the next few weeks. A small work party ventured out last week to Ladywell Burn and Wet Gully to carefully clear some Hemlock Water Dropwort that was encroaching on the path. The Wet Gully is particularly rich in pollinating plant life such as March Orchids, Ragged Robin, Yellow Irises, Meadowsweet, and other beautiful flowers which greatly enhance this section. The beautiful (not so wet) Wet Gully This year’s springtime Rotary Beach Clean was cancelled and so it is likely that those sections of the route may be more littered than would be normally be the case. Again the pathminders will get round to tackling this but walkers can do their bit by using the blue-bins...
Respect Rural Areas during Virus Outbreak

Respect Rural Areas during Virus Outbreak

A South Ayrshire farmer has voiced the concerns of many regarding the potential spread of the Coronavirus into rural areas. A number of people are suspected of leaving their local areas to exercise in the country, including walking sections of the Ayrshire Coastal Path which cross farmland, potentially risking the health of farmers and landowners. Trail Manager, Dr Jimmy Begg said that the Ayrshire Coastal Path management team fully supports the farmer’s concerns about a small proportion of selfish people walking close together in groups, and perhaps travelling in shared cars, who risk spreading Coronavirus into our country areas. However, we hope that recent instruction by the UK and Scottish Governments will result in everyone now remaining at home, or close to home, to protect our population. If not, our overworked front line NHS staff, and the most vulnerable in society, will likely bear the tragic consequences of the actions of a thoughtless minority. PLEASE STAY AT HOME AND EXERCISE...

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