Ulster Way A 625 mile (1000km) circular walking route in Northern Ireland

Erosion Control at Carricklittle/Blue Lough

Dec
9
2011

Mourne Upland Path Project – Erosion Control at Carricklittle/Blue Lough

Work has started on erosion control along the path from Percy Bysshe/Blue Lough above Annalong Wood to the col at Slieve Binnian/Slieve Lamagan. The project has been funded through the NI Environment Agency’s Natural Heritage Grants Programme.

The eroded site is within the Eastern Mournes Special Area of Conservation (a European level of habitat protection) and Area of Special Scientific Interest, and is also in the water catchment for Annalong River, and the Silent Valley reservoir via the Binnian Tunnel.

The path has become very eroded in some sections, particularly the steeper parts between Percy Bysshe and Blue Lough and the section leading immediately up to the col. There are severe gullies and the path is rock strewn pushing users onto the adjacent heathland, thus causing wider erosion. The eroded material is washing down to the Carricklittle Track and into watercourses supplying the Binnian Tunnel.

The works aim to mitigate erosion on the one hand whilst maintaining the challenge of being in the remote outdoors for users on the other. The team will work by hand and with a mini-digger as was seen on the North Tor to establish an narrow aggregate path through the eroded corridor. Techniques will include ‘benching’ and other similar sustainable methods to make the paths blend in better with the natural contours and shed water. Stone ‘slabs’ will be used to step up to higher levels and will help demarcate the route and block off severely eroded areas. Careful ongoing monitoring of impact will be undertaken and practices adjusted as necessary.

This project continues on from earlier work in 2011 on the Carricklittle Track and repair of the route from the above col to the North Tor on Slieve Binnian.

The work team will be on site until the end of January 2012. MHT apologises for any inconvenience to adjacent landowners and users.

 

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