Scottish peak declared wheelchair-friendly
Michael McCarthy, formerly the Independent’s longstanding Environment Editor, now its Environment Columnist, is one of Britain’s leading writers on the environment and the natural world. He has won a string of awards for his work, including Environment Journalist of the Year (three times) and Specialist Writer of the Year in the British Press Awards in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Medal of the RSPB for “Outstanding Services to Conservation,” in 2010 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society of London, and in 2011 the Dilys Breeze Medal of the British Trust for Ornithology. In 2009 McCarthy published Say Goodbye To The Cuckoo (John Murray), a study of Britain’s declining migrant birds.
Monday 22 October 2012
One of Scotland's best-known and most popular mountains has been declared "wheelchair friendly".
Schiehallion in Perthshire, which at 3,547ft is a Munro – a peak above 3,000ft – has been approved by the FieldFare Trust, which promotes countryside access for disabled people.
The trust has listed Schiehallion on a section of its website called Photo Trails, and rates the path to the summit of East Schiehallion from the Braes of Foss car park as suitable for those with wheelchairs for the first third. It adds that it would be up to individuals to assess if they can manage to ascend the path up the higher two-thirds to the summit.
Schiehallion thus becomes the first wheelchair-friendly Munro, a distinction which was welcomed by Andrew Johnson, the FieldFare Trust director. "It's a positive move because it means that even the most rugged landscapes can provide some accessibility for people of all abilities," he said. Schiehallion is famous for its almost perfectly conical form.
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