KCDC directors have approved a five year plan for its activities relating to the network of paths around Kingussie. The plan can be viewed below and it will be reviewed and updated from time-to-time to take into account any changes and progress on improving and maintaining the network.

Background

The plan was devised following consultations amongst KCDC members and the group of volunteers that are involved with the path workdays that are carried out weekly. 

Having a plan will help KCDC in fundraising for path work – such as the recent Lottery funding we obtained for the new path alongside Ardbroilach Road. 

The plan will also help KCDC prioritise which sections of path to work on and plan how to obtain the resources and permissions to carry out the work. 

Priorities

One of the highest priorities identified by the plan is the lack of a safe, or protected, pedestrian footpath along Gynack Road.

One of KCDC’s volunteers, Mathew Cleasby, has prepared a paper (available below) on the issues involved with Gynack Road.

Gynack Road is an important link within the town and the Ardvonie car park links in with most of the paths in the Kingussie paths network. KCDC is keen to work with all interested parties to improve the safety and enjoyment of this section of the network.

Signage and waymarking

In addition to the 5 year path plan, a review will follow of the signage and waymarking on all the paths as well as the various maps on sign boards around Kingussie. Working with bodies such as the Cairngorm National Park Authority (CNPA), KCDC will establish a plan to maintain and improve all the paths signage.

Progress to date

The last section of the Path Plan is a rough plan of work that KCDC hope to carry out each year. 

So far this year (2022), the volunteers have:

  • finished a section of path on the lower slopes of the south side of Creag Bheag; 
  • cleared several hundred meters of ditching alongside the Curlew Way above Loch Gynack; and 
  • are currently working on the new path alongside Ardbriolach Road. 

Consultation

In addition to KCDC’s members and volunteers, KCDC has consulted with the Kingussie & Vicinity Community Council, CPNA, elected members of The Highland Council and major landowners.

Feedback

If you have any questions or suggestions on the Path Plan please provide comments in the form below or telephone Sandy Maxwell on 07766 380 663.