Sadly, the new bridge at Baddinsgill as well as the old one were swept away in the deluge earlier this week, making the routes that follow this section inaccessible unless you’re prepared to wade across the Lyne. We’ll update as soon as repair/reinstatement work has been scheduled.
SBC have installed a new bridge over the Lyne up near Baddinsgill. The current bridge is nearing the end of its life and so a new, easier to maintain version has been installed alongside it that will keep this route open and safe for several years to come.
The Catwalk path appears to be open again as of this morning, well ahead of schedule. It looks finished, so hopefully that’s it now, although there may be a bit more work to do here and there to tidy up. It’s worth a walk along it – the Woodland Trust have made a lot of improvements to the existing steps and path as well as putting in two new flights of steps on the steep sections, plus some hand-rails at the very steep drop near the kissing gate.
This week, we’ve done some work on the path that leads north from Little Sparta near Dunsyre over to Boston Cottage on the A70. The burn that feeds the lochan in the Little Sparta Garden had become choked up and was flooding the track making it pretty impassable. It’s a bit outside our area, but worth doing as we know a lot of local folk visit Little Sparta or use the paths around Dunsyre.
A stroll round these magical gardens followed by a more energetic walk on the path would make a terrific day/half day out.