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National park rangers enjoy new Cairngorms path

Posted 10 November 2011
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National park rangers enjoy new Cairngorms path
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A new path that those heading up Cairn Gorm may enjoy in their winter jackets has been experienced by national park rangers from across the UK.

The occasion yesterday (November 9th) was part of a three-day event that involves the sharing of best practice between officials from 12 of the UK's national parks, including the South Downs, which only gained such status last year.

Speaking before the climb, Cairngorms National Park Authority senior visitor services officer Peter Crane said a key topic would be visitor management and path maintenance.

There could be no better way of doing this than "showing our visitors the newly restored path on Windy Ridge which the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust have nearly completed as part of a £2.1 million mountain path project," he stated.

At 4,084 ft, Cairn Gorm is higher than any of the peaks in the rest of Britain's national parks, but is only the fifth highest in the protected area and mountain range to which it gives its name, behind Ben Macdui, Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Sgorr an Lochan Uaine.