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Blockage on Right of Way near Gladhouse Reservoir

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We are aware that the ancient route from Maudslie, near Gladhouse to the B7007 (The Granites) road in Borders, has been recently blocked.

 

The blockage at NT 316 524 is by a deer fence, and at NT 314 525 by a padlocked deer gate.

 

It is possible to avoid these blockages by using a stock gate at approx NT 313523, in the short term. It may be quite boggy and wet between the deer gate and the stock gate, it has been delightfully dry this summer, so it is difficult to assess, but the vegetation is rushes, so that probably means bog!

 

Midlothian Council is taking steps to maintain the integrity of this route, but this will take time. If you wish to comment, having used the route, please contact the access officer in Midlothian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and copy ScotWays into your email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Work starts on the Carnoch Bridge, Knoydart

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We’ve just heard that the materials for the replacement bridge have been ordered and it is under construction in a yard in Fort William, from where it will be transported to Mallaig. Meantime, the estate has been taking advantage of the good weather and low water levels to reinforce the piers. 

The plan is for it to be in by winter – hopefully October, but November at the latest.  However, the timescales for transporting the bridge up the loch and installing it are dependent upon having a good weather window.

Our thanks to all who have contributed.

Come and work with us!

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We are looking for an Access Enquiries Assistant to help with requests for rights of way searches from the public, solicitors and developers, and a range of other duties to maintain our busy office in Edinburgh.


The post is a full-time, temporary post, 35 hours per week for 12-months, for which the salary is £19,525.  We will consider an application from candidates for a shorter period too.

Please note that
the Society is currently reviewing its internal processes and it is possible that this post may become permanent in the role as advertised or in a revised role. 

 

These links will tell you more about the person we are looking for job description and person specification.

 

 Closing date Monday 20 August 2018 at 9am.
Interviews in Edinburgh on 6 or 7 September 2018.

 


  

HOW TO APPLY:-

 

Please send your CV accompanied by a covering letter setting out  

 

·         How your skills and experience would enable you to meet the requirements of this post as outlined in the person specification and job description, providing specific examples 

·         Why you want this job (in no more than 100 words) 

·         Whether you would prefer a 12 month or shorter contract.

·         Details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. Please state whether we may contact them prior to interview. 

·         Whether you are currently eligible for employment in the UK.

 

Please state what documentation you can provide to demonstrate this, e.g. British passport/European Economic Area identity card/full birth certificate/passport or travel document showing an authorisation to reside and work in the UK. 

Please submit your application to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 9am on the closing date of Monday 20 August 2018

Applications received afterwards may not be considered.

If a job offer is made, the candidate will be required to fill in simple forms covering any relevant health issues and criminal convictions.  Referees are not normally contacted prior to a job offer.  Thus, any job offer will be subject to satisfactory references and no unacceptable issues under health and criminal convictions. 

Thank you for your interest in the post. If you do not hear within three weeks after the closing date, please assume that your application is unlikely to have been successful on this occasion. 

Carnoch Bridge, Knoydart

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In the years after the Second World War, a large part of Knoydart was a very private estate where walkers and climbers were not welcome. By the early 1970s, the estate had been sold and the whole outlook towards visitors to the area changed. In 1977, the Mountain Bothies Association re-built the byre at Sourlies at the head of Loch Nevis, with the co-operation of the estate contrasting sharply with the previous owner who had blown up the house nearby to deter poachers using it as a shelter. ScotWays helped finance the building of the bothy and it was opened by George Cheyne of the Society.

In 1981, St Andrews University MC and the Corriemulzie MC constructed a suspension bridge over the River Carnoch as a memorial to two of their members. The late Donald Bennet of the Society was heavily involved in the project as a civil engineer. This bridge began to deteriorate over time and efforts were made to get the Army to build a replacement bridge, but to no avail. The Estate Manager did a good job in replacing some of the planks and stays but the recent floods where the water level was over the deck caused severe damage to the structure and it was removed earlier this year as it was too dangerous to cross.

The Estate has commissioned a new girder bridge of two spans with a higher clearance than the previous bridge. The cost of this structure is £32,000 delivered to Mallaig and then there will be the cost of transport to the site and assembling the components there. Low water level will be required to rebuild the central pier and fair weather to transport the structure to site. Such weather can be rare in that part of Scotland! The Estate is seeking financial assistance from the outdoor community who value keeping such an important route open. It is the main route for walkers into Knoydart from the south and is now part of the Cape Wrath Trail.

At the recent Directors' meeting, £5,000 was allocated from ScotWays' funds to be paid on completion of the bridge, and we are delighted that the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, Mountaineering Scotland and the Mountain Bothies Association have also promised financial support. We are approaching other outdoor organisations to assist with funding. If any individual member would like more information or would wish to support this project, please contact David Dixon via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

ScotWays Members Walks Programme 2018

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Our walks programme for 2018 is underway!

GUIDED walks are one of the great advantages enjoyed by ScotWays members, and this year’s exciting programme has a superb range of routes for all abilities. Members benefit from the experience of guides on all these routes, ensuring you get the best from every walk. Why not join ScotWays and come along?

Many ScotWays members have already signed up for this attractive and varied programme -  however there are still walks available. Please see the links to individual walks to find out more:

Sunday 6th May - The Old Military Road over Slochd

Sunday 27th May - Circular from Melrose taking in River Tweed, Cauldshiels Loch and Eildon Hills

Saturday 30th June - Circular from Glen Aldie near Tain

Wednesday 18th July - A circular walk to the Three Brethren

Saturday 11th August - Off the beaten track at Glen Tanar - a circular around Creag na Slice

Wednesday 12th September - A circular walk from Balloch taking in Balloch Castle, Whinney and Knockour hills

Saturday 20th October - Dunkeld - The Hermitage circular (dog-friendly!)

Members already booked who need to drop out nearer the time are kindly asked to let the ScotWays office know as soon as possible, so we can free up places for others. Those wishing to join a waiting list are encouraged get in touch, in the event places become available.

With such an exciting programme  for 2018, we look forward to hearing from you.

May Day Holiday

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The ScotWays office will be closed for the public holiday on Monday 7 May 2018.