Project LP.C2 (2015 - 2017)

Riverside All-Ability Path & Bridge

Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis are nationally important resources for recreation and tourism, as well as providing a valuable community landscape/ The core aim of this project is to bring essential infrastructure development, in the form of a brand-new bridge and all ability path, to support a more socially inclusive approach to out door access; encouraging greater participation and removing barriers.

This project will ensure that the highest mountain in Great Britain does not only welcome the fittest mountaineers. Families, the elderley, less fit and mobility impaired people all have a right to be able to enjoy this landscape and engage in suitable outdoor activity.

The proposed all-ability path aligns with zoned approach to development and visitor management. The all-ability path will protect the immediate environment from heavy footfall and divert some of the pressure away from the Ben Nevis path. Furthermore, it offers a valuable alternative for the many visitors and members of the community who do not wish to make the arduous journey to the summit.

The all-ability path will introduce a circular route starting at the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre crossing the new bridge, heading south by the riverside to meet the soon-to-be improved Glen Nevis Youth Hostel Bridge and returns via the Glen Nevis access road.

The current bridge is unsuitable and currently presents a physical barrier to a range of user groups. The new bridge will be built to an all-ability specification and moved closer to the Ben Nevis Visitor Centre to ensure vital safety messages, educational environmental messages and a chance to engage with the landscape are not missed.

Heritage Lottery Fund, Nevis Landscape Partnership, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, sportscotland & Scottish Rural Development Program are all actively involved in the project and delighted to now be at the final stages of construction of both path and bridge before completion early next year.

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