Balkenna Bridge Open

Good work last week saw the bridge and approach paths virtually completed and the bridge can now be considered fully operational. This was a great project, expertly designed and constructed to resist all that nature can throw at it in the way of winter storms and high tides – and at a cost of only £550, but with a lot of sweat and blood from the pathminders. Well done everyone involved – no need for walkers to get wet feet anymore. The finishing...

Temporary closure of Ayrshire Coastal Path near Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Course

To enable the Ayrshire Roads Alliance to carry out essential coastal protection works along the western boundary of Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf Course, the section of the Ayrshire Coastal Path (ACP) and associated public right of way between Newton Esplanade, Ayr and Maryborough Road, Prestwick will need to be diverted temporarily, in the interests of the health and safety of the public and the contractor’s workforce, from the commencement of the works, on Monday 24 June, until their satisfactory completion (an estimated period of 4-6 weeks). The diverted route, which will follow Bellrock Road, the public right of way along the eastern edge of the Golf Course, then Maryborough Road, will be signposted for the duration of the works. For further information about the path diversion, please contact Rachel Shipley, Outdoor Access Officer at Rachel.Shipley@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or 01292...

Major Advance at Balkenna

Even by Jimmy Begg’s unrelenting standards, last Thursday was a lengthy shift for the bridge-builders. Due to the unexpectedly early availability of the telegraph poles for the bridge beams, work continued after a lunch break until a finish around 3.00pm! The placing of the poles allowed the decking to be placed so that we now have a crossable structure that will mean we no longer risk getting wet feet negotiating the burn. Thanks are due to Hugh Watson of HIE Fabrication Ltd for making the sturdy steel brackets for the bridge. Apart from the decking, the whole structure has been built from re-cycled material at a cost of under £500. Next week it will be finishing the approaches, both sides, and getting rid of the heavy vegetation. Then comes the topping out ceremony with some of that champagne that Jimmy won in the Rotary Golf Day raffle! Poles arrived 10.30h beams set 13.00h decking done!...

Welcome change from humphing boulders

Seven Pathminders decided to take a day off normal duties for a highly sociable round of golf at Seafield. No scores were declared afterwards for fear of embarrassment but all agreed it was a fun day and it should be repeated occassionally. John Ferguson got lucky at the 15th hole. His ball was nearest the pin. Actually it was the only one to hit the green! John’s effort won him a bottle of (cheap) wine. ……with James Braid Lucky...

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...

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