Footpaths

Now that the lambing season is just about underway, everyone is requested to keep dogs on a lead whilst walking across or around fields with sheep in them

Footpaths around Edderton

Paths around Edderton
Paths around Edderton
Balblair Community Woodland Walks
Balblair Community Woodland Walks

Current state of footpath between Baileacharn and Admiral’s Farm – March 2, 2016

The footpath through Casandamff Woods has been tidied up and the brushwood pushed to one side, making the path fully accessible and easy to use.

Cleared footpath near the Casandamff Farmstead Settlement
Cleared footpath near the Casandamff Farmstead Settlement

Footpath between Baileacharn and Admiral’s Farm is now passable again – February 8, 2016

 (see map above – Balblair Community Woodland Walks)

The violent late winter storm that hit the North of Scotland at the beginning of 2015 brought down many trees. Around Edderton there were two areas that were badly affected by wind-blown trees; Struie Wood near Easter Fearn and Casandamff Woodland.

Fallen trees completely blocked the Struie Road (B9176) at Easter Fearn, causing the road to be closed for several weeks whilst those fallen trees were removed. During that time traffic that would have used that road was diverted through Edderton and along the single-track road linking the A836 to the B9176.

As for Casandamff Woodland, so many trees came down that the footpath through from Baileacharn to Admiral’s Farm became impassable. Over the past few days, work has been carried out to remove those parts of the fallen trees that obstructed the footpath. Although technically passable, care still has to be taken along this path as brush, branches and some small trees still lie across it.

The following pictures show the state of the path through Casandamff Woodland as it was on February 8, 2016.

Wind-blown trees across footpath through Casandamff Woodland (1) - 08 02 2016

Wind-blown trees across footpath through Casandamff Woodland (2) - 08 02 2016

Remains of an old mill in the central clearing
Remains of the Casandamff Farmstead Settlement in the central clearing
Remains of a croft in the central clearing
Remains of the Casandamff Farmstead Settlement in the central clearing
Path towards Admiral's Farm
Path towards Admiral’s Farm
Wind-blown trees across path leading away from Admiral's farm - 08 02 2016
Wind-blown trees across path leading away from Admiral’s farm – 08 02 2016
More wind-blown trees across path leading away from Admiral's Farm - 08 02 2016
More wind-blown trees across path leading away from Admiral’s Farm – 08 02 2016

To help understand the public right of access, the following is reproduced:

Scottish Outdoor Access Code 2005

Public access to Scotland’s outdoor environment

People’s rights and responsibilities

Statutory access rights and responsibilities

Scotland’s outdoors, extending from the parks and open spaces in towns to remote and wild areas of land and water in the Highlands, provides great opportunities for open-air recreation and education.  Open-air recreation provides people with great benefits for their health and well-being and contributes to the good of society in many other ways.  Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives everyone statutory access rights to most land and inland water.  However, people only have these rights if they exercise them responsibly by respecting people’s privacy, safety and livelihoods, and Scotland’s environment. Equally, land managers have to manage their land and water responsibly in relation to access rights.

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides detailed guidance on the responsibilities of those exercising access rights and of those managing land and water. By doing so, the Code provides a practical guide to help everyone make informed decisions about what best to do in everyday situations.

The Code is based on three key principles and these apply equally to the public and to land managers.

(1) Respect the interests of other people

Acting with courtesy, consideration and awareness is most important. If you are exercising access rights, make sure that you respect the privacy, safety and livelihoods of those living or working in the outdoors, and the needs of other people enjoying the outdoors. If you are a land manager, respect people’s use of the outdoors and their need for a safe and enjoyable visit.

(2) Care for the environment

If you are exercising access rights, look after the places you visit and enjoy, and leave the land as you find it. If you are a land manager, help maintain the natural and cultural features that make the outdoors attractive to visit and enjoy.

(3) Take responsibility for your own actions

If you are exercising access rights, remember that the outdoors cannot be made risk-free and act with care at all times for your own safety and that of others. If you are a land manager, act with care at all times for people’s safety.

More detailed information is available at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com

Source:

Scottidsh Natural Heritage

Scotland’s National Nature Reserves