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National Park to use law to extend footpath

Posted 17 May 2010
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National Park to use law to extend footpath
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A law that can help enforce right-to-roam legislation in Scotland is to be used by the Cairngorms National Park to extend the Speyside Way path.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority said it has been almost entirely successful in negotiations with land managers about agreeing extensions to the path, with the exception being the Kinrara Estate, just south of Aviemore.

It said it plans to use a path order under the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, which with ministerial consent will impose the new path.

National park authority convenor David Green stated: "While it won't be an all abilities path, it will cater for a range of users including walkers, cyclists and runners."

Those keen to go walking in the area may welcome the development, while there could be further new opportunities for recreation in the area under proposals to extend the boundaries of the national park.

A public consultation into an extension that would take in parts of Perthshire will continue until May 31st.

Posted by Dan Mirza