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Steall to be reinforced

Posted 29 March 2012
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Steall to be reinforced
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A few weeks ago, the John Muir Trust (JMT) revealed one of the most popular short walks in Scotland was in danger.

The path up from Glen Nevis to the falls of Steall is a dramatic route, passing through woodland where the plunging Waters of Nevis roars deafeningly as it descends through the rocky ravine. Above this is the meadow from which the cascade of the falls can be seen, Scotland's second highest.

All this is owned by the trust, along with the curious wire bridge over the river that is used to access paths up to the Mamores range, with this walk being part of the famous Ring of Steall route encompassing An Gearanach, Stob Coire a' Chairn, Am Bodach and Sgurr a' Mhaim.

However, the route has been under threat due to its sheer popularity, with the wear and tear of walking boots on paths through the wooded ravine making it potentially unsafe. 

For these reasons, the trust needs money to keep the path open and has enjoyed some wonderful news this week. As one of five bids for a £25,000 grant from the European Outdoor Conservation Association, it needed online voters to back it and now news has emerged that it has won.

And while the appeal issued by the JMT was a loud one, others had been shouting louder, as Nevis property manager Fran Lockhart said.

She commented: “Over the last two weeks we've had a tremendous response from our members, local people and many others across the UK who value this wild place. I'd like to thank everyone who voted for our project to help us win the funding.

"We had stiff competition, including a German charity with around a million members, so it's staggering to have received so much support."

A further appeal will be needed to raise more cash and those who love this part of Scotland may be keen to offer more donations. The JMT notes paths from Steall can reach seven Munros and indeed those traversing the entire Mamores range can tot up ten, with the western end including Mullach nan Coirean and Stob Ban, while to the east are Binnein Mor, Binnein Beag, Na Grugaichean and Sgurr Eilde Mor. 

This is truly great mountain country and those who love it may now look forward with optimism that its access routes can be preserved and enhanced.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801329151-ADNFCR