MEMBERS of the Helensburgh and District Access Trust took advantage of some fine winter weather to carry out improvements to part of the town’s paths network.

Norman Rodger, Alistair McIntyre, Gordon King, Dave Peck, and Anne and John Urquhart concentrated their efforts on some of the paths through the Blackhill Wood at the top of the town.

They also ventured a little further afield to replace two life-expired signs on the ‘Yankee Road’ above Garelochhead, warning walkers on the Three Lochs Way of the danger of fast-moving vehicles where the route crosses the busy A817 - known as the Haul Road.

Mr Urquhart, the trust’s convener, said: “There were lots of walkers and cyclists about and it was especially pleasing how many of them stopped to register their appreciation of the work being done by the volunteers.”

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Mr Rodger, who organised the work session, added: “We were very grateful to the council’s roads department who were able to supply us with a quantity of road planings which the volunteers transported from the council depot down to the work sites using their own cars, plastic bags and barrows.”

Meanwhile, the trust has renewed its appeal for donations from the public through its ‘Path Pennies’ initiative, aimed at plugging the gap following the cancellation of the organisation’s main annual fund-raiser, the Hogmanay ceilidh at the Victoria Halls, because of the pandemic.

Contributions, which will be used to pay for plant and contractor hire for larger-scale jobs further away from the town, can be made online at

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