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Cairngorms expansion this weekend

Posted 1 October 2010
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Cairngorms expansion this weekend
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The Cairngorms National Park is expanding this weekend, with an area of Perthshire south of its current boundaries being included from Saturday (October 2nd).

People who like to go walking in the area will be able to enjoy the benefits of the environmental protection and planning guidelines included in the remit for a national park.

The new boundary mostly follows the A9 road, passinng through Blair Atholl, with the area north-east of it inside the new boundary and including mountains like Carn nan Gabhar, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn Liath.

A small area west of the road just south of Dalwhinnie is also included.

The extension follows an extensive consultation and legislation, with campaigners for the addition being unhappy with the exclusion of Perthshire's mountains from the national park when it was established in 2003.

It is already Britain's largest national park at 3,800 sq km, with the Lake District being second at 2,292 sq km.

Posted by Brandon Egley