Archive for August, 2012

Radical Road

Hard-core Monks

It seems that on the most remote of Scottish Islands, the traces of inhabitation belong mainly to Monks.  Here, we camp next to the remains of a 6th century Chapel.  Round the corner is a Monastic Cell.    The Island is Garbh Eileach and it is in a territory which is both audacious and majestic.

 

Ploughing the finest waters

Scotstoun – Comhairle nam Baidhsagalachd

Up the crow road and over the Campsie with the Monstrous, single speeded Ben Williams of Tiree, Fiona Dunn of Kilsyth – stomping the land of her fathers and the inimitable Spad Reid of Kilmorack, as yet unconvinced by the virtues of road cycling. As for me? attempts to keep up with the man from Tiree were in vain, I’m no whippet these days but if there is one man I know who should be racing it’s him! Un-fuelled, with only two lidl muesli bars in me I was heading for trouble. A major BONK back in the city was alleviated by a random rendezvous with a late night ice cream van and chips delivered by the man from Tiree. Note to self – People must eat. I throw my hands up to making such a school boy error, after years of cycling I should know better. However I still have some legs and I might be back in the game so long as the weather keeps off my spirits and I remember to eat.

 

Anson N9857 – Beinn an Fhurain


Took a trip up to the crash site of the Anson N9857 on Beinn an Fhurain near Inchnadamph.

More information about the site and photographs here.

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The Code

The Country Code, which most of us learned in school (and we probably haven't read since!), was updated in 2004 when it became the Countryside Code. Here's the updated version:
  • Be safe - plan ahead and follow any signs
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under close control
  • Consider other people
In Scotland, where there is a more general right of access, there also exists the Scottish Outdoor Access Code:
  • Take responsibility for your own actions
  • Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
  • Help farmers, landowners and others to work safely and effectively
  • Care for the environment
  • Keep your dog under proper control
  • Take extra care if you are organising a group, an event or running a business.
There's obviously a lot to to be learned from these - it's amazing how many people get out to enjoy the countryside but are still happy to leave it in a mess. Even with the recent updates, the Countryside Codes seem slightly outdated when considering the wider issues involved when lots of people get out into the countryside. Some places just can't handle high volumes of people, no matter how they behave and publicity, no matter how interesting or well-done , has the potential to attract lots of people to an area. Blogs including video, pictures or words, form part the the wider media which could easily contribute to tipping the balance, and so we as bloggers have to consider the implications of what we decide to post. Can the place we're writing about take more people, and if not, it might be wiser to leave maps, place names or grid references out of posts. In Scotland, the Mountain Bothies Association has been careful to protect the location of some Bothies due to mis-treatment and, in some cases, even malicious vandalism. That is not to say they would not advocate people using them - in fact, a well used, maintained and loved network of bothies exist, and the MBA as an organisation is there to encourage this. Some bothies are busier than others but generally it is the less remote places which are more susceptible to abuse - something which might be worth considering when deciding whether to post information. It must be said, in most cases it's obvious what should or shouldn't be publisiced, but it's worth taking these considerations to mind.

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