Volunteers Upgrade Kingussie Path
A group of volunteers from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers have now completed path improvement works on Kingussie’s Golf Course Circular path. The week long project focussed on improving the drainage on the worst sections of the route as well as constructing a boardwalk over a very boggy stretch.
A popular path with both residents and visitors, the golf course circular winds up through birch woodland from the golf course car park to take in views of loch Gynack and the Cairngorm Mountains. An informal and unbuilt path in nature, work was needed to help improve the route and overcome problems of very soft ground and standing water in places.
The group of 10 volunteers came from all over Britain to join BTCV staff for a week to carry out improvements and learn valuable practical skills. The work involved construction of an 8m boardwalk, stone pitched causeways and piped culverts. Volunteers learnt basic path construction techniques as well as some of the more technical skills involved in the stone work and carpentry. Members of the Kingussie Community Development Company also leant a hand and showed their appreciation for the volunteers time and effort. Users of the path were very pleased to see the improvements being undertaken.
The golf course circular path forms part of a wider network of paths in Kingussie which have been promoted and improved by the Kingussie Community Development Company. COAT will be working to connect this network of paths with the Wildcat Trail in Newtonmore by upgrading the path from loch Gynack to Newtonmore.