May’s volunteer day was held up at Glencanisp Lodge carrying out some path maintenance on the Glencanisp Nature Trail. It was a particularly wet day and the volunteers did a…
Glencanisp Nature Trail
The centre for the community owned Glencanisp Estate is the Glencanisp Lodge area which contains the office for Assynt Foundation, a Community Arts building, a pole barn, a local pottery and a walled garden. This area also marks the start of the path to Suilven, a walk and hill climb which takes on average 9 hours to complete. There is also the Glencanisp to River Inver Loop Path, the circuit of which takes approximately 21/2 hours to complete. At present there are no way-marked shorter walks and no paths allowing exploration the ground and wildlife found in the vicinity of the lodge.
The aim of this project were to construct a 450 metre long path which loops to the north of the lodge area, starting from the Arts building and finishing at the entrance track to the lodge. Walkers can now complete a circuit of the path learning about the nature of the area, and will soon be able to use the nature trail leaflet that is being developed as part of the project. The path ha been constructed to a width of 1.2 metres with an unbound dust surface. This type of path, although not truly all abilities, means that people with many varying abilities and levels of fitness are able to better appreciate and interact with the surrounding area. Along the route nature trail posts will also link with information and interpretation on the leaflet.