31 Jul Adopt A Path volunteers wanted!!!
Adopt a Path is a flagship volunteering initiative of the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland being delivered as part of our project, The Mountains & The People. Adopt a Path allows those most passionate about Scotland’s mountains to become custodians of their favourite hill paths, conserving fragile upland landscapes by reporting on erosion damage or potential path issues and allowing maintenance tasks to be targeted to best effect.
We have paths available for adoption across both of Scotland’s National Parks; Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the Cairngorms National Park. Each path is unique, some short and gentle and others long or remote. Once registered you can choose which path you would like to adopt, from the list of available routes.
The key tasks of an Adopt a Path volunteer are:
- to undertake a visual path survey by walking the path route,
- to take photographs of path issues and record information about the nature of the problem and its location,
- to use our Adopt a Path website to report path issues.
In order to undertake this role, we expect Adopt a Path volunteers to be used to spending time outdoors, be experienced hill walkers, have good physical fitness, be self-reliant in mountain environments, be confident lone working and have good health and safety awareness. All Adopt a Path volunteers will receive training and support to undertake their surveys in a safe manner which provides the type of information we require to ensure these iconic paths are maintained for generations to come.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, we will be running two Adopt a Path training days in September. There will be both indoor and outdoor elements to the day and the training will cover:
- overview of the scheme and what is involved
- basic mountain awareness
- identifying common path problems
- how to use our online reporting system
Sat 2nd Sept – Cairngorms National Park – Spittal of Glen Muick Visitor Centre, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5SU
Sun 3rd Sept – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Balmaha Visitor Centre, Balmaha, G63 0JQ
If you are interested in becoming an Adopt a Path volunteer then please email Julie who can provide more information and book you onto the training days – firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about our upcoming volunteer events and training days can be found in our events calendar here.