The Long Walk-in Principle Debate
Friday 27th November 2009
The Long Walk-in Principle:
Where, Why, How and What are the Implications?
By Hebe Carus
The MCofS has been approached with reference to access along a number of Government-owned tracks; one in the north-west (Beinn Dearg), and five in the south-west (Galloway area). However, we cannot actively pursue opening up new vehicle access based on our Position Statement (PS). The relevant sections of the PS are:
1. “principle of a long-walk-in is an effective protection mechanism” i.e. the more concentrated the foot (or off-road bike) the greater the erosion
2. “Construction or upgrading of vehicular tracks should be avoided in remote areas” i.e. including widening to provide car parking
3. “unnecessary tracks should be removed” i.e. unnecessary for their original purpose
Two Existing Examples:
· Glen Strathfarrar
· Ben Nevis
So what do you think the MCofS position statement should say? Please contribute – MCofS needs to know your views in order to represent them, especially if you are the silent majority!
Read comments on our Pitch-in Forum and add your own views OR
Send comments to Hebe Carus before 15th December