Volunteer opportunities to help manage mountain paths

The Cairngorms Adopt-a-Path Scheme (CAPS) is a response to an identified need to maintain mountain paths in the Cairngorms. Volunteers are being recruited to help manage the paths and ensure that money spent on maintenance is targeted and effective.

Working with the North East Mountain Trust, COAT has developed a scheme that allows volunteers to inspect and report on the condition of their adopted paths. The volunteers are also trained to undertake minor maintenance on these adopted paths, helping to ensure that small problems are tackled quickly. Where necessary COAT will engage path contractors to repair damage and maintain paths so that people can continue to enjoy the hills with the minimum of impact on this fragile environment.

If you would like to find out more about CAPS or join the scheme and adopt a path please contact Chris York (chris.york@walking-the-talk.co.uk).

Full training and support for volunteers is provided, through the scheme’s coordinators Walking-the-Talk. Over 60 paths are included in the scheme at present and paths can be adopted by individuals or groups (such as hill walking clubs). A list of the available paths can be obtained from Chris York.

COAT is committed to managing the upland paths within its Mountain Heritage Project, but has limited resources to do routine inspections and maintenance. The main focus of the project, understandably, is to repair and restore paths that have deteriorated by the passing of many feet and the harsh environment in the Cairngorms. CAPS is a way of bridging the gap between the needs of the paths and the resources available and the contribution of volunteers is invaluable. CAPS is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage and Cairngorms National Park Authority.

Maintenance needs on Glas Alt

Maintenance needs on Glas Alt

Volunteer Training (Photo courtesy of Bob Aitken)

Volunteer Training
(Photo courtesy of Bob Aitken)