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John Muir Trust launches appeal to repair historic mountain trail

19 July 2012

John Muir Trust launches appeal to repair historic mountain trail

The John Muir Trust has launched an appeal to raise £60,000 to help repair a historic mountain trail.

The John Muir Trust has launched an appeal to raise £60,00 to help repair a historic mountain trail which featured in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The appeal is highlighting the need to fund repairs to the Steall Gorge footpath, a mountain trail which winds through native woodland around Ben Nevis, high above the River Nevis. The total cost of the repairs needed, which includes repair work to eroded sections of the trail, comes to £120,000 - half of which the John Muir Trust still need to raise.

Chris Goodman, the Trust’s footpath project officer, said: 'Every year, 40,000 people walk through the Gorge, from families on daytrips to climbers tackling some of the more challenging routes up into Ben Nevis and across to the Mamores.

'Sections of the path are under serious threat of erosion, with some areas in danger of crumbling away completely. We’re asking climbers, walkers and anyone who loves wild places and mountain scenery to help us with this vital work to repair this great footpath, maintain access, protect the glen's fragile habitats and prevent future erosion.'

To make a donation, or for further information, visit the John Muir Trust website.

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