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Paths for the Park – have your say

12th October 2006

People across Badenoch and Strathspey are being given the opportunity to tell the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) which paths in the area are important to them, as part of a national initiative to establish a network of core paths.

Across Scotland, local authorities and national park authorities are working to identify a network of core paths which will make it easy for everyone to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. These paths will provide opportunities for everyone including walkers, cyclists, horse riders and even canoeists, as rivers can also become core paths.

The idea behind core paths is that they will provide a basic framework of routes to provide the public with reasonable access throughout their area, whether it be for getting to the shops, walking the dog or enjoying the outdoors. The core paths will therefore be the main routes which will help link into the wider network of routes that exist in the countryside.

To help the National Park Authority come up with the best possible Core Paths Plan for the Cairngorms help is required from the public to identify the paths that are important to them in their area.

As part of this process the CNPA is holding further meetings across the Badenoch and Stathspey area during October and November:

  • Kingussie’s Badenoch Centre – Saturday 14 October, 2.30 – 4pm.
  • Nethybridge Community Centre – Saturday 21 October, 2.30 – 4pm.
  • Nethybridge Community Centre – Tuesday 24 October, 5 – 7pm.
  • Boat of Garten Village Hall – Monday 23 October, 2.30 – 6.30pm.
  • Newtonmore Village Hall – Wednesday 25 October, 2.30 – 6.30pm.
  • Kincraig Community Hall – Tuesday 31 October 2.30 – 6.30pm.
  • Laggan & Dalwhinnie, Laggan Village Hall – Tuesday 2 November, 7 – 9pm.
  • Grantown-on-Spey & Cromdale, Inverallan Church Hall – Tuesday 14 November, 5 – 7pm.
  • Grantown-on-Spey & Cromdale, Inverallan Church Hall – Saturday 18 November, 2.30 – 4pm.

Outdoor Access officers from the CNPA will be on hand at all of these events to answer questions and explain more about core paths.

These meetings follow on from two recent sessions held in Aviemore and Carr-Bridge.

For more information on outdoor access and core paths planning, or to have your say on core paths in your area without attending an event please visit the Outdoor Access section of our site.