Great morning’s work at Fisherton Gully last week – helped by a bonus from Nature’s Bounty.- Storm Diana had floated a huge log that had been uselessly stranded for years 100m south, and washed it up on the tideline just below the Gully steps.
While having our tea break after carting loads of big beach stones up the path to build stone steps, we thought we’d try and shift the trunk clear of high water mark.
But with skilled use of crowbars, brains, and brute strength, six of us managed to roll it ten metres up the shore right to the Path, where it now makes a fab seat for walkers.
Then we went on to complete the bottom half of the stone-step path.
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.
Walkers should note that the footbridge across the River Irvine at Low Green is currently closed. This was to re-open in September 2018, but we have been informed it will be closed for the foreseeable future. A short diversion is in place. Please follow the red ‘pedestrian’ signage which is in place, using the Marress Road bridge instead.
Over 170 volunteers attended Paths for All’s 2018 Volunteer Awards at the Scottish Parliament on Thurs 20 Sept 2018, after being nominated for the outstanding contribution they make to getting more people walking.
And our own Pathminders won the Community Path Group of the Year! Representatives from Pathminders, led by Ron Ireland, enjoyed a splendid evening at the Scottish Parliament, receiving the Award from BBC presenter Fiona Stalker. Ayr Rotarian John Scott, MSP also joined the event.
Read the full report
The Times carried an article on Sat 11 Aug 2018, featuring twenty paths throughout Britain. The section from Maidens to Dunure, undoubtedly one of the most picturesque walks you can find, made it into their list.
A few days ago, the landowner of the Drumshang to Dunure section of the Coastal Path, who kindly mows the cliff-edge path for us with his motor mower, was angry to find over a dozen holes dug in the cropped path surface by someone with a metal detector. With the dry weather the sods were shrivelled and loose. It is irresponsible behaviour of this type that risks us losing the goodwill of our landowner partners.
The metal detector operators’ code is that they should always seek permission from the landowner before they use their apparatus, and cause no damage. Here, this was not done, and a footpath was damaged.
A man carrying a metal detector was seen on 27 July around 4.30pm, walking north along the road near Drumshang. If anyone saw him, or any previous incidents, and can provide more information, please contact us via the website or Facebook.
Unofficial word has come from South Ayrshire Council (who are also in the dark on this matter due to lack of information from higher authority) that the security involved in a possible presidential visit by Donald Trump on 13 or 14 July, may lead to temporary closure to the public of the Links Lodge beach track, Turnberry Beach, and the ACP route across Turnberry Golf Course. In addition the A719 road from Turnberry to Maidens may also be closed.
Walkers may wish to alter their plans for these days. If going north, to avoid the busy A77T, from Turnberry a minor road past Laigh and High Drumdow farms branches north past High Park Farm to re-join the A77T 1km south of Kirkoswald. About 0.5km north of this junction, another minor road on the left runs NW to re-join the A719, which leads back to Maidens to re-join the ACP. This detour will add around 3 miles (5Km) to the day’s walk.
Both bullpens on the foreshore opposite Burnside and Curragh Farms are currently occupied by a number of hefty Charolais bulls, which usually go out to the heifers in mid-June. So, until both pens are eventually vacated, walkers in either direction should bypass them by descending on to the adjacent foreshore and walking quietly along the beach till clear of this area.
These enthusiastic “beach cleaners” were well prepared, with their picnic hamper, tea and coffee and goodness knows what else, as part of their equipment. Someone even brought a drone to film our efforts – or was that to make sure everyone pulled their weight? And they even made a short video for us.
Prepare for 2019 Beach Clean guys!
What a great success the 12th Annual Beach Clean was! And to cap it all, we were invited to send a load of plastic rubbish to London for the BBC One show.
Over 800 bags of rubbish were collected by volunteers organised by Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon Rotary Clubs between Ballantrae and Troon – with 636 bags collected by Ayr Rotary Club from 7 beaches.
Thanks to around 30 willing volunteers, 330 bags were removed from 2km of Dowhill to Turnberry Beach which had never been cleaned before, and a further 75 bags from the adjacent 1km long Dunnymuck beach.
This staggering combined total of 405 bags was loaded into 40 large bulk bags, which are now heading for London by lorry, to to be dumped outside the BBC as the main exhibit in The One Show special on Ocean Plastic Pollution on Monday 16 April. NB. Plastic rubbish formed 93% of the total stuff gathered on these 3km of beach.
In contrast to these wild beaches, after 12 years of Rotary Beach Cleans, much less litter is now being collected from the town beaches of Girvan/Ballantrae (92), Doonfoot (34), Ayr (90), Prestwick, and Troon (14), thanks to an increased public awareness – and the sterling work of local resident groups, who now patrol and clean these beaches on a regular basis.
Our grateful thanks to both them – and all the volunteers who ventured south to the remote beaches – for making our beaches beautiful again.