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Warning over broken bridge

Posted 1 June 2010
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Warning over broken bridge
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A famous walking bridge in Scotland should be avoided after one of the wires holding it in place snapped, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCoS) and the John Muir Trust have advised.

The Steall Bridge in Glen Nevis is a wire bridge that gives walkers access to the Mamores, but this has been put out of action after a group was crossing it last week and one of the wires gave way.

At the time, 24 Dutch students were crossing the bridge and three needed hospital treatment in nearby Fort William, one of whom had a broken shoulder, the MCoS stated.

Head of land management for the John Muir Trust Andrew Campbell said the walkway is closed "until further notice", something that could prompt those keen to climb in the area to seek alternative routes.

Those donning their hiking boots and Munroing in the Mamores may find it harder to reach An Gearanach and Stob Coire a' Chairn as a result of the bridge problem, but could try peaks further east such as Binnein Mor, Binnein Beag and Sgurr Eilde Mor.

Alternatively, there is the western end of the range, which features mountains like Sgurr a' Mhaim, Stob Ban and Mullach nan Coirean.

Posted by Dan Mirza