Lochbroom Community Council and Ullapool Community Trust working together
Ullapool Community Trust have secured a small amount of funding from Keep Scotland Beautiful using proceeeds from the single use carrier bag charge collected by Tesco. This money will allow us to organise some volunteers days during 2015 for further hill path and beach clearing.
Hill Path Clearing Days
On Saturday 4th October 2014 LOCHBROOM COMMUNITY COUNCIL AND ULLAPOOL COMMUNITY TRUST organised a community hill path clearing of the Ullapool Hill. The event was well attended and a lot of good work was done. Thank you to everyone who came along.
In September 2012 UCT organised a path maintenance day on the Ullapool Hill Paths which was run in conjunction with Lochbroom Community Council and Highland Council’s Countryside team. The day, which was arranged as the paths were being overgrown by gorse in several areas, was a great success with more than 30 people attending. The paths were cleared where they were overgrown and they are now much improved with all the volunteers enjoying a fun and rewarding day.
During the consultation process for the Community Growth Plan a number of local residents contacted the Trust indicating that they would like to start a project which improves a local and historical path. The old drove road, also known as Mackenzie Road, has been used by people for several centuries and remnants of the path still links Ullapool with the small settlements of Leckmelm and Campbellton around 3 miles south of the village. However sections of the path are in poor condition which encouraged several people to approach the Trust.
It is hoped that if the path could be improved if would offer a safe and scenic alternative to the very busy A835 trunk road for both locals and visitors. It was also suggested that improving the path could provide children in Leckmelm and Campbellton with a safe route to school alongside a recreation opportunity for residents and tourists, particularly as the old drove road would link into other existing paths.
Local interest in being part of an old drove road project coupled to the Community Growth Plan, which includes local path development as a priority, led to a focus group being established to investigate the opportunity further. The focus group included several of the people who initially suggested the project and the first meeting was also attended by a representative from Paths for All, an organisation that aims to encourage and support the creation of new walking paths. Input from Paths for All allowed the focus group to identify the first steps that were required which included contacting local land owners of the drove road, establishing if the path is a registered right of way and investigating possible funding for a feasibility study. At present the focus group is progressing with the preliminary stages of the project.