The North Corries Rim.
The Northern Corries Rim in the Cairngorm National Park runs from Cairngorm Mountain all the way to Cairn Lochan and as such, and due to its relative ease of access from the car park at the ski centre, it is a very well used and popular area for walkers and climbers.
This project was initially envisaged to be of light touch works only, but due to the difficulties in keeping people on the desire lines, some more formal areas of construction were required.
The other major problem was the damage caused by the huge amounts of water released by the snowfields when they melt in the spring. It wouldn't be possible to channel this much water through normal cross drains so the solution would be to create areas of stepping stone type construction where water would find its own way around and away from the path.
On this project, getting the landscaping correct was of huge importance as the best way to keep walkers on the path is to remove their old desire lines, either by blocking the way with stone and landscaping and so making it impassible, or by changing where their eyes take them by re-vegetating the damaged areas.
The first phase of this work was to define and construct a path from the area of the Goat track up to the Fiacaill Coire an t-Sneachda.
The path from there up towards Cairn Lochan itself is over quite robust ground and didn't require too much work, but as you descend back down towards Lurchers Meadows and the Miadan Creag an Leth-choin, then more work is required to define the correct desire line.
Construction phase photos.
Eastern Cairn Lochan completed work.