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Work on upland footpaths is never ending

Hillwalking has increased dramatically since the 1960s and has put great pressure on Scotland’s fragile upland habitats.

Imagine how many people must have walked the main Goatfell path since it appeared on the 1843-1882 OS map series. All of those steps, combined with the natural effects of climate, can cause severe path erosion. If left unchecked, paths can form gullies, boggy areas and wide braided scars on the landscape. This has the potential to damage rare vegetation and archaeological sites as well as detract from the natural beauty of an area.

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