Community Path Network

COAT NEWSLETTER – 1st Edition

COAT Newsletter – 1st Edition We have trialled a Newsletter as a way of updating our Affiliate Members, Donors, Public Bodies and all who are interested in our work in Outdoors Access.   This is a 1st Edition and we would welcome any positive feedback and/or constructive criticism, whether it is worthwhile and, how could it […]...

Planning permission granted for the Speyside Way Extension

Following the excellent news on Friday that planning permission has been achieved for the Speyside Way extension, work will be beginning later this month on the construction phase. The eventual completed path will see the national route extended from Aviemore to Newtonmore and be an excellent recreational route for residents and visitors to the area. […]...

Lovers Lane upgrade – Lumphanan

The upgrade and improvements to the Lovers Lane path were welcomed by the Lumphanan Community. Previously two old bridges had a step up onto them and both were in disrepair, the path had narrowed and was uneven. The aim of the project was to encourage greater access for people including the less-abled and those with […]...

Moray Way Development Project

On behalf of Moray Council COAT had been asked to project manage improvements to the Moray Way. Two distinct sections were identified for improvement one on the Moray Coast Trail near Lossiemouth and two on the Dava way south of Forrres. COAT were successful in applying for funds from Moray LEADER and the Legacy 2014 […]...

Creag Bheag – Path Upgrade

The upper section of the popular Creag Bheag path near Kingussie was in a poor condition showing classic signs of path erosion from the many walkers who have used the path. Scottish Government funding via the Cairngorms National Park Authority enabled COAT to upgrade the poorest 600m section. A helicopter was used to bring in […]...

New Bridge for Strathdon

After consultation the Strathdon Community were keen to see the Strathdon Bridge re-instated across the River Don; linking settlements on the south side of the River Don to the Lonach Hall, a community hub. The bridge has also encouraged members of the community to use the quieter back road south of the river from Strathdon/Bellabeg […]...

The Tarland Way

Three Phases of the Tarland Way have been completed culminating in over 4km of path work between Tarland and Aboyne. A number of funding partners were involved in the project these were the Climate Challenge Fund; Aberdeenshire LEADER; Aberdeenshire Council; Scottish Enterprise and Bancon Construction. The Tarland Community’s aspiration was to have a safe off […]...

Getting To Grips With Machinery

Machine Build Nethy Bridge The trainees got to grips of the controls of a 360 excavator on their latest training site. There were Improvements to be made to  a woodland path,  involving the setting out of a path tray to 1.5m width, 150mm deep, infilling with 250mm sub base and topping with 25mm top dust....

New Bridge ensures a future for Kingussie river crossing

Kingussie Community Development Company had been championing a replacement crossing at Strathlynn, Kingussie over the Gynack burn before a bridge closure – which occured at another location on the same path network only a few hundred metres downstream. COAT employed a civil engineer to draw-up plans for a ‘Ranger’ aerial-mast bridge similar to the one […]...