Helens Todd of Ramblers Scotland on Landward talking Wild Camping

Helen Todd of Ramblers Scotland’s speaks about The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park wanting to put in a camping management bylaw to control numbers on busy parts of the Park. Looking at putting permit areas for people to camp and basic camping provision. These are to levitate the pressures of litter, vandalism and at times aggressive intimidating behaviour of folk drinking.

Ramblers Scotland believe that these bylaws undermine peoples right to roam and could stop people on long distance walking having no place to pitch their tent.  Other National Parks around Scotland could take this bylaw on and would effect other walkers on long distance walks.

The thing is there is already existing legislation that isn’t being implemented with the Police undermanned and these remote area around the park are out of there way being in the countryside.

I hope the bylaws that could be coming in January will be stopped, so walkers can freely walk and roam over Scotland.


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  1. Proposed Loch Lomond bylaws are shameful and unnecessary by Cameron McNeish

    THREE years ago the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park authority introduced bylaws to combat the loutish behaviour that was turning the east shore of Loch Lomond between Balmaha and Rowardennan into a midden.

    At certain times of the year, notably Bank Holidays, hordes of visitors descended on this area, set up camp on the lochside, lit bonfires, consumed lots of alcohol and occasionally fought with each other. Then they would go home, leaving much of their rubbish and mayhem behind them.

    That, at least, was the story I was sold when the last East Loch Lomond bylaws were proposed. It may or may not be a true reflection of what went on but I was assured that the bylaws were a ‘sticking plaster’ until new infrastructures, management, policy and education changes were put in place to provide a more sustainable solution.

    In effect the East Loch Lomond bylaws put a ban on wild camping between Drymen and about a mile north of Rowardennan, a ban that has been more than a mere nuisance for those backpacking the ever popular West Highland Way, particularly those from abroad who thought they were coming to a country with the finest access arrangements in Europe, if not the world.

    While the National Park authority should be congratulated in creating a low cost camp-site at Sallochy (although you still have to pre-book and pay in advance) such a facility is not ideal for those who have heartily embraced the ‘Leave No Trace’ concept of lightweight backpacking

    Read More at http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/proposed-loch-lomond-bylaws-are-shameful-and-unnecessary/0012260/

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