More work at Balkenna and Dowhill – 12 April

Last week we had a squad of 10 out (yes 10) including new member Pat McCall. Along with Jimmy, Ron, John D, Peter R, Pat, Chris, Di, Tim, Ian and Bob we continued preparations for the new bridge at Balkenna and finished off a section of beach cleaning at Dowhill. Good progress was made on both fronts, with another impressive pile of rubbish ready for uplifting by the Council. Not a bad haul! The foundations on the North side of the burn have been levelled, with 3 layers of re-cycled slabs now in place, and the foundation excavation on the South side has been completed ready for stone and slab work. North Bank South...
Danger! Pipe bridge impassable due to flood damage

Danger! Pipe bridge impassable due to flood damage

Please be aware that the recent heavy rain has undermined a section of the Coastal Path near Turrnberry and this section of the Path is dangerous and should be avoided until further notice. The area in question is on the section of the Path between Miton Burn and the steps over the dunes – just North of the old pump house. As you can see from the attached photographs, there are 2 culverts (pipes) below the path, but the flow of water has been diverted by a blockage and the adjacent soil has been swept away. There is a very deep hole (at least 3 feet deep) close to the culverts and the edge of this hole is simply turf, floating in mid air and it will not be able to bear any weight. The hole is fairly obvious when heading South – but less so when heading North. The landowner is aware of this issue and further updates will be issued in due course. Notices are being made up and will be strategically placed to alert walkers and advise on alternative routes.  Southbound Walkers at low tide should use the shore; and at high tide take the path up to the A719 and find a way along the south side of the Milton Burn back to the...

Great news! Footbridge has re-opened

The footbridge across the River Irvine at Low Green, which closed last summer, has now been re-opened. This is well ahead of schedule, so thanks to those...

Bulls on the loose! But docile!

Yesterday afternoon, while walking the Coastal Path between Girvan Mains and Curragh cottages, two walkers encounter the potentially ‘fiercesome’ sight of several large Charolais bulls lounging on the foreshore path..  Using commonsense, and aware that these huge beasts are usually fairly docile, they took avoiding action by sensibly moving down along the beach to.bypass them.   Not sure whether the bulls were there to graze naturally, they took some photos, and continued north to Maidens, before notifying the ACP by email (with photos) about 10pm . Knowing that the bulls must have escaped from their winter pens on the foreshore, we immediately contacted the farmer at Girvan Mains – since there was a danger of the huge animals wandering up on to the main A77T road – or being encountered in the morning by weekend walkers.He received the email about 11pm – too late and too dangerous to do any more than check that all roadside gates were secure.The bulls were returned to their foreshore pens this morning, but the farmer said that it’s always much better to get an immediate warning of the strayed animals, to let him deal with the situation straight away. As this policy may be vital in securing the safety of fellow walkers as well as animals, we fully support this plea and would ask all walkers, anywhere along the ACP, to play their part in reporting strayed or injured animals to the landowner – even if it means retracing their route for a mile or so to get...

New resting place for weary walkers – 12 December 2018

This week saw great progress made by a team of 7 on the lower steps at Fisherton Gully. The heavy squad of John, Chris and Tim laboured manfully to carry big rocks up from the beach, while Bob, Jimmy, David and Ron worked almost as hard to form stable steps and revetments. The newly-installed tree-trunk seat provided a welcome resting place to enjoy the coffee and admire the wonderful views across to...

Warning to Walkers – Calving at Curragh

CALVING FIELD ON TIDAL DIVERSION PATH AT CURRAGH We are pleased to report that the cows with calves previously in the calving field north of Curragh Cottages, have now been moved to a large enclosed field further south that should not affect walkers on the ACP. Therefore the tidal diversion path at Curragh cottages can now be used by walkers if cattle-free....

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