Working with Ramblers Scotland, Cockburn Association, Edinburgh Geological Society and Mountaineering Scotland, we have launched an urgent petition calling on Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to reopen Edinburgh’s Radical Road, following a packed public meeting on Sunday 3 December in Edinburgh.

HES shut the iconic 200-year-old path in September 2018 due to concerns about rockfall. It is one of the most popular ways up Arthur’s Seat, yet it remains blocked by fencing five years on.

More than 100 people – including Lothian MSP Sarah Boyack and local councillor Steve Burgess – attended the meeting at Greyfriars Charteris Centre to discuss how to encourage HES to reconsider. HES bosses were invited but failed to attend.

Delegates agreed to launch the fortnight-long petition and we will submit it on Tuesday 19 December; the date when HES closes its ongoing public consultation about the future management of the entire Holyrood Park area. Worryingly, HES’s consultation documents completely ignore the future of the Radical Road.

Don’t forget the HES consultation …

Holyrood Park is a special place and attracts millions of visitors every year.  Historic Environment Scotland is inviting people to take part in a survey which will run until Tuesday 19 December to help them to develop what the priorities should be for the Park and the role Holyrood Park should play in Edinburgh’s future.

You can add your comments both about the Radical Road closure and also any other comments about the wider use of the Park. Consultation website.