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...

Tick Talk

The sun shone at Drumshang on a lovely hot summer’s day as the ACP team arrived armed with all the implements necessary for a morning of snedding, strimming and mowing. The most important implement of all however was also the smallest! As the team tore into the undergrowth so clouds of insectsrose along with the grasses and dust. Clegs were the most obvious nuisance butother, less obvious insects were also about and these included the dreaded tick.As far as is known, the only casualty was yours truly, who found one on hisinner arm the following day. This was swiftly and easily removed with a tick-pick(see photo) and each work party leader will have one or two of these in his orher first-aid kit. Tick bites can, in exceptional cases lead to the potentiallyserious Lyme disease so it is worth reinforcing the simple safety measures toavoid and/or deal with tic bites: Wear appropriate clothing to cover as much flesh as possible – long trousers, sleeves and socks On returning home, before or during showering, inspect your body for ticks which may be embedded. These are identifiable as tiny, raised, black dots which you can feel if you brush your hand across the area. A magnifying glass will allow confident identification. Remove the tick using the tick-pick in the correct manner. Slide the forked end of the pick underneath the body of the tick (its head is under your skin) and twist to remove the whole tick cleanly. Apply an antiseptic to the affected area. Over the next few weeks, be aware of the (remote) possibility of infection the effects of...
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...
Dog Walkers – READ AND OBEY livestock Warning Notices!

Dog Walkers – READ AND OBEY livestock Warning Notices!

In 2016, following recurring problems with walkers and dogs, eight bright yellow warning notices were erected in sensitive livestock farming areas from Glenapp to Heads of Ayr. Walkers with dogs are expected to be responsible and keep their animals on the lead when passing through this land – or risk their dogs being shot if they get out of control and chase or worry sheep or cattle. Recurrently over the past years, in local and national Press, BBC News, Countryfile, and Landward programmes, there have been numerous harrowing reports of sheep being killed by dogs, or worried and aborting their lambs, or chased into rivers and drowned. Just how much information do some mindless individuals need to get it into their skulls that their pet dogs, sheep and cattle do not mix! Lambing is now in full swing along the Ayrshire coast, and we have already received reports of two incidents in the Dunure area of thoughtless, irresponsible, walkers ignoring Warning Notices and letting their dogs run uncontrolled in lambing fields. The first was a man with an uncontrolled collie cutting right through a flock of pregnant ewes, which scattered frantically. This was witnessed by the angry farmer who said that few weeks later and he would have had 300 panicking ewes separated from their lambs – leading to loss of vital mother and lamb bonding. The second was a woman with two loose collies running through a similar field, who – when approached by the landowner and asked to put them on a lead – said she didn’t have one!! How irresponsible can you get? Having said this, very...

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....

Flooded Glenapp Estate Track at top of Turf

        On the Glenapp section at the top of Turf Hill, walkers may find a couple of 20m long dubs (mega-puddles!) filling the full width of the estate track. After heavy rain (and it’s now Autumn), these might be well over boot height and require a detour either side to get past. Until the Estate can free up machinery from other more pressing jobs, to backfill the track, we would suggest perhaps traversing along the fence side, as there is always something to hold on to – and there is a deep area on the west side that might swallow the unwary up to their...

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