Consultation opens on Active Cairngorms

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A consultation began this week on a new outdoor access strategy in the Cairngorms, which aims to make it safer and easier to enjoy the Park.

Monday January 12 saw the beginning of the consultation process with the ‘Active Cairngorms’ draft strategy now available online for comment at http://cairngorms.co.uk/park-authority/our-services/consultations/active-cairngorms.

It outlines the types of actions to be taken to promote healthy lifestyles through being active in the outdoors, whilst ensuring that recreation does not impact negatively on the Park’s special species and habitats.

Recreation and Access Manager at the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), David Clyne explained: “We want ‘Active Cairngorms’ to make a difference to everyone living and visiting the Cairngorms National Park, from walking to school to offering a high quality outdoor experience for visitors. Our work in developing this outdoor access strategy can influence changes in behaviour that can last a lifetime and help people live healthier lifestyles. Therefore it’s important that as many people as possible contribute to the consultation.”

Duncan Bryden, Convener of the CNPA said: “Since the Park was set up in 2003, 679 miles of Core Paths have been designated and since 2006, £7.5 million has been spent on paths, more than 2,000 health walks have been delivered and we’re also currently seeing the extension of the Speyside Way – and that’s just a few of the things going on.

“However ‘Active Cairngorms’ isn’t just about paths for us to walk and cycle on – it’s about managing outdoor access effectively by working with estates and rangers to ensure responsible access to land and water, communicating to residents and visitors about enjoying the countryside responsibly so as not to impact on species and habitats and not interfere with land management practices.”

The consultation closes on April 12.