Following the successful replacement of the Gala Ford Bridge we held a joint walk with ScotWays in June to cross the bridge en route to West Linton via the Cauldstane Slap. For some time we have been in possession of three old Victorian ScotWays signs which we have had refurbished with the intention of placing them back in their original locations. One of those signs is now in place at the Cauldstane Slap thanks to the cooperation of the landowner, advice from ScotWays and some hard work by a few of our intrepid members. To mark that achievement the walkers followed the old drove road, now a heritage path, from Kirknewton to West Linton, pausing at the top of the path to ‘christen’ the renovated sign.
We were pleased to lead two walks in mid August as part of the Midlothian WalkingFestival. One was a strenuous, 12 mile, circular route from Flotterstone while the other, which included wheelchair users, was a 5 mile route from Threipmuir to Harlaw and back. Both walks converged on Harlaw at lunchtime where refreshments could be purchased from a mobile catering unit. Happily, we were blessed with good weather.
Our project work continues apace. We have been litter picking regularly. Litter picking along the Lang Whang and the siting of bat boxes at various locations in the Pentlands has been made possible by small grants from CSV Action Earth 2010, supported by Morrisons Super markets, for which we are most grateful. Three new cross drains have been installed the Phantom’s Cleugh, stone for other drains is now on site and we hope to be able to complete that work during September.
We are enjoying working in the Harlaw wildlife garden. In addition to cutting the grass we have replaced two old containers and purchased two new ones for the front of the building, and are trying to establish a nectar bed and keep a check on some of the more invasive species.
We had 3 walks in September, another is planned for late October and we will end the year with a walk in footsteps of RLS and Henry Cockburn with a 5 mile circuit from Swanston to Bonaly which will combine some ‘stories’ about these influential gentlemen.
Putting something back into our local environment for the benefit of all gives us pleasure.
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