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Cairngorms shelter repair gets green light

Posted 8 March 2011
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Cairngorms shelter repair gets green light
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A walker's shelter in the Cairngorms will be revamped after the national park authority approved work on it that will make it a better place to stay in.

The Bridge of Avon shelter lies on the Lairig an Laoigh route and offers a place to stay overnight in emergencies, such as when the river is impassable.

It was built by the RAF in 1970 but has not been upgraded, so those who like to head to the region in their walking boots may welcome news that it is soon to have a new roof, insulation and damp proofing.

An RAF helicopter will fly in with the materials in late summer.

Cairngorms National Park Authority board member Allan Wright expressed his enthusiasm for the renovation, stating: "I know from personal experience it can be an essential refuge when it's been difficult or impossible to cross the Avon."

The pass provides a walking link between Speyside and Deeside, one of two major routes to do so.

Alternatively, people can use the Lairig Ghru, a gap between the two highest mountains in the range, Ben Macdui and Braeriach.