Thornhill, Stirling, United Kingdom

Category: Paths Group Updates

Tree felling affecting local woodlands

Information from Forestry Land Services about planned work in the Trossachs area. This may affect you if you access these paths.

Three Lochs Forest Drive –

·         The Three Lochs Drive is now closed to public vehicles until Spring 2023. The toilets are closed but the drive remains accessible to pedestrians all year round.

·         There will be Winter harvesting taking place including the continued clear up of Storm Arwen. Please obey all on site signage and advice from operators.

Sallochy Campsite –

·         Sallochy campsite is now closed for the 2022 Season

·         The Car Park is open to day visitors from 1st November – 28th February

·         Please be aware that the composting toilets are closed for Winter.

Loch Chon –

·         Harvesting work began on the West side of Loch Chon in September. Due to the complex nature of the works including challenging terrain and constraints, the work requires the use of a winch to extract the timber. The forest road will have to be closed during this time and will require members of the public to use the Stirling Council road running along the East side of the Loch as a diversion.

·         In an attempt to mitigate the closure during the remainder of the holidays, we allowed weekend access through the site until the end of September 2022.

·         From October 1st onwards, the forest road is now closed 7 days a week and the Statue Labour Road will be diverted along the road to reach the North end of Loch Chon. This closure will be in place until the Spring.

Bochastle –

•             Ben Ledi HIl path and Car Park are open as normal however there is no access to Ben Ledi hill path via the Bochastle Car Park. We are currently carrying out felling operations on the forest road network including a site of diseased larch, infected with Phytopthora Ramorum. Find out more about how to protect our forest from tree disease here.

Garadhban –

·         The Blue waymarked Craigievern Trail is now open. The Forest Management mounding work has been completed.

·         We have recently had to fell larch trees infected with the disease Phytophthora Ramorum in the Garadhban area. Find out more about how to protect our forest from tree disease here.

Aberfoyle –

·         We are carrying out path improvement works on the blue waymarked Easter Park Trail, beginning at Lemahamish Car Park and the green waymarked Doon Hill Trail beginning in Aberfoyle. These works will be carried out in October + November to improve drainage and surfacing. The trails will remain open during this time.  

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre –

·         We will be carrying out path improvement works on the white waymarked, accessible Waterfall Trail at The Lodge in November. The trail will remain open during this time but please be aware there may be some sections of the path that will not be passable in a wheelchair or mobility scooter. The FLS Team at The Lodge will advise on access regularly while the path works are taking place.

Loch Ard

·         All FLS promoted trails from Milton remain open but there will be timber haulage wagons on the forest road from Ghlennain Lochan to Milton Car Park from now until November 2022. Please follow all on site signage and advice from operators.

Braeval

·         Please be aware of timber haulage on the forest road network at here between now and November 2022.  Please obey any on site signage and advice from operators.

Lemahamish –

·         Please be aware of timber haulage on the forest road network at Lemahamish between now and November 2022. The trail and car park remain open but please obey any on site signage and advice from operators.

We ask that visitors follow all on site signage when out on the trails and choose an alternative route if the one you had planned to use is closed. For updated information of our trails please keep an eye on the destination pages linked via the main QEFP webpage.

Do you walk in Callander Woodlands?

Survey and further information.

Paths Group Work party

Saturday 6th August 10am- Thornhill Paths Group next work party, meet at the bottom of Gray’s Loan.
Open to anyone who wants to volunteer a few hours to help maintain the lovely paths around our village.
Tools can be supplied, but come dressed in suitable clothes.
See you there! 🙂

Paths Working Group

The Paths Group are holding another work party this coming weekend on Saturday 4th and/ or Sunday 5th September.
We will focus on two areas: clearing the Hedges Path and strimming and cutting back of overgrowth on the North Common.

Meet at Gray’s Loan on Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 2pm.

Please bring strimmers or secateurs, shovels, etc. If you don’t have tools they can be borrowed or you could still help by clearing cut materials.

Please make sure you wear suitable clothing, e.g. thick gloves, long sleeves and trousers, stout shoes. Don’t forget sun cream, insect repellent and fluids (maybe being too optimistic?).

Muir Dam Path

Over the winter volunteers from the Thornhill Paths Group have been repairing stiles and strimming back overgrown areas along the route to make it safer and easier to negotiate. They are now looking for the path to be walked regularly to keep it open, so get your boots on!

The Muir Dam Path starts in the village behind the Church, follows the Cesintully Burn, passes through Nellie’s Glen and over Boquhapple Ridge to reach the dam. It is approximately 3km one way (6km there and back). There are lovely views on the way up and just think of the workout you’ll have going over the stiles!

The ground is rough and can be wet so stout footwear is advised. As always in the countryside please respect the farmers’ crops and keep dogs on leads when sheep or cows are around.

A description of the walk is available here

Paths Group Monthly Work Groups Resume

The Paths Group are restarting regular work groups on the 1st weekend of the month throughout the summer, to maintain and improve the paths around the village.

The first work groups are on 5th June at 11am and 6th June at 2pm.

Meet at the bottom of Gray’s Loan and bring stout shoes, thick gloves and maybe loppers, etc.

There will be a member of the Paths Group present.

For Health & Safety reasons, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult please.

National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month. Lets keep walking throughout the year and enjoy our lovely paths and countryside.

Thornhill Paths Group

Volunteers from the Paths Group have begun work to repair the stiles on the path leading up to the Muir Dam. The wood was purchased from Doune Woodyard using a grant provided by Stirling Council. Labour and tools supplied by the volunteers- great work! Thank you.

Thornhill Paths Group Update

The Paths Group has not reported to you since the April/May edition of Thornhill Views.  As you will appreciate, progress has been somewhat hampered by a certain virus.  That said, the team of enthusiastic volunteers have done what they can towards improving our network of village paths – such a valuable asset, particularly during lockdown.

The group successfully applied for a Paths for All grant of £1,500 to improve a section of path on the northern boundary of North Common.  They have until February to complete the work.  In July, a number of the volunteers collectively spent 9 hours clearing overgrown Gorse and Broom from another section of North Common and enjoyed a welcome, socially-distanced blether!  It is worth taking a walk around North Common and maybe sit on one of the benches and just enjoy the peace.

Speaking of benches, on behalf of the village, we extend our thanks to Paths Group member Alison Lawrance. Thornhill Community Trust paid for the materials and Alison kindly put in the work to re-paint the bench at the Viewpoint.

We have heard that the path from the new houses on the Aberfoyle Road into the village has certainly not been forgotten and we look forward to it being constructed in the coming months.

Group member Alison Wallis attended two webinars on the subject of COVID-19 safety for path works volunteers.  The Group will take the lessons from those webinars into its planning of future work, taking all reasonable steps to minimise risk and permit some pieces of work to go ahead safely.  In September and October, some members will also attend Paths for All training webinars, which are being run to assist volunteers.

Understandably, the Group has not achieved as much as it would have liked this summer but are certainly still full of enthusiasm and look forward to making gradual progress and enjoying one another’s support and company, virtual or otherwise.  Please consider lending a hand – you can contact me on 01786 850528 or by email at thornhillpaths@gmail.com .

Gary Richardson for The Paths Group”

Path’s Group starts work

You may have noticed some people wandering round the village today with wheelbarrows and spades. Don’t worry, it’s not another garden makeover programme, it’s just the Path’s Group starting work on a couple of paths- the one which runs up the side of the Lion and Unicorn and the ‘Hedges’ path at the viewpoint.

We are a group of local volunteers who hope to make the village paths more usable and accessible at all times of the year. The work done today at the Viewpoint has already made a huge improvement. If you would like to join this group please contact thornhillstirling@gmail.com

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