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Advice & Guidelines

The CNPA has produced a number of guidance documents which aim to provide helpful advice and information on a variety of topics relating to managing the Cairngorms National Park.

Sharing the Stories of the Cairngorms National Park: A guide to interpreting the area’s distinct character and coherent identity

This document explores the qualities that define the Cairngorms National Park: everything that is unique and distinctive about the area, the special and the memorable that resonates with residents and visitors alike. It provides guidance, advice and inspiration on how to embrace the Park’s character and identify any benefits that can bring.

A Community Action Planning Toolkit

‘Our Community – A Way Forward’ is an approach to bringing residents and agencies together to agree priorities for action to improve the quality of life in local communities. It was piloted during 2007/ early 2008 in Grantown-on-Spey, Cromdale and Advie, and Dulnain Bridge, and this toolkit was produced as part of the pilot. It draws on the lessons learnt by everyone involved and is intended to be a guide for Community Councils and other community groups who want to influence Community Planning in their area.

Guidance for Organised Outdoor Access Events in the Cairngorms National Park

This guidance has been written to help event organisers and land managers in the planning and management of organised outdoor events in the Park. It should also be of interest to many other people, including community groups, businesses and public agencies – anyone who is interested in outdoor events and how they are managed.

Design Guidance for Directional Path Signs: Cairngorms National Park

The Cairngorms National Park has an extensive network of paths that provide numerous opportunities for residents and visitors to travel through, explore and enjoy this spectacular area. And clear and consistent path signs can help people use these paths responsibly and develop healthier lifestyles.

This guidance has been developed primarily for directional path signs that help people find out where a path goes and how far it is to the destination. This guidance is aimed at anyone who is considering installing, replacing or applying for funding for this type of sign.

Managing informal camping in the Cairngorms National Park

This document sets out the respective roles of land managers and the Access Authority (CNPA) as well as mechanisms to address the impact of informal camping in the longer term.