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Climbers must take 'extreme caution' as Ben Nevis path work begins

Repairs and upgrades to paths on Scotland's highest mountain will commence in the next week.

Warning: Ben Nevis climbers urged to take care.
Warning: Ben Nevis climbers urged to take care. Nevis Landscape Partnership / Cropped

Climbers have been urged to take care as repair work begins on Scotland's highest mountain.

Work will commence next week to upgrade and repair over three kilometres of track on Ben Nevis, a £1m project estimated to take three years to complete.

The work is expected to stabilise and improve over half the total length of the track between Achintee and St John's Wall, which is said to be in "very poor condition".

Nevis Landscape Partnership (NLP) says the work sites present major safety considerations, both for the contractors and the people using the path during the construction phase.

It has been suggested for walkers to consider alternative routes up the Munro until March 2016 while work takes place, such as starting at the North Face car park.

NLP have also advised extreme caution for any night climbs or descents using the Ben Nevis Mountain Path duringthe construction period. 

Cathy Mayne, of Scottish Natural Heritage, said: "We are delighted that work on this much-used path is now under way. 

"The team from the Nevis Landscape Partnership have worked hard to put together an excellent package of contractors, working through the winter to limit the impact on public access to our highest mountain."

Lizzie Cooper of NLP said: "We are extremely grateful to our funders for their commitment to the repair and upgrading, which will make a huge difference to this mountain route and help reduce erosion. 

"However, all mountain paths need ongoing maintenance to keep them in good condition, so we would encourage all those who want to help look after our iconic mountain to sign up for a volunteer footpath work party with Friends of Nevis and John Muir Trust. 

"It is a truly amazing experience, if not a little addictive."

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