BALQUHIDDER TRAIL CREW
REGISTERED TRAILS ASSOCIATION
WE RESTORE, MAINTAIN & DEVELOP COMMUNITY TRAILS
This was the state of the woodland trails when we started work back in 2014!
This is a good example of what we have now!
Whilst we may be a small group we like to do things properly. This means being organised with the right permissions, working safely and being considerate of the environment at all times.
For that reason we always seek to secure formal permission from landowners, and consult the local National Park Rangers on environmental matters before starting work.
Here is a list of our key operational documents and links to help you understand the organisation.
Constitution (Explains our mission, 3yr plans and how we operate)
Code of Conduct (For all members)
Trail Hazard/Issue Reporting Form (Used by all to report issues + hazards)
Hazard/Issue Report (Used to prompt inspections & prioritise trail work)
Crew Safety Briefing (Used by work party leaders prior to each session)
Incident Reporting Form (Completed by work party leaders if necessary)
Session Log Form (Completed by work party leaders after every session)
Session History Report (Holds a full history of all sessions and hours)
Trailbuilder Awards Scheme (How we develop workforce skills)
MEET THE CREW
Meet the Crew... a motley looking, but top bunch!
A handful are solid committed regulars. Some are casuals, most are 'very-occasionals' and there have even been a couple of one-hit-wonders, who have never been seen again... But none of that really matters! The key thing is that they have all, at some point, broken sweat for the cause... and thanks to every spade they've lifted and stone they've shifted, we have all got some great trails to enjoy in and around Balquhidder.
Iain (BTC Chair)
Andrew (BTC Secretary)
Gareth (BTC Conservation Advisor)
WANT TO JOIN US?
We're a friendly bunch, so if you'd like to come and get involved with the Balquhidder Trail Crew and help us develop this asset for all to enjoy CLICK HERE TO LET US KNOW. Once we get your details we'll add you into our WhatsApp group where you'll see who's heading out, what their doing, and when...
We'd love to have you join us...
POSITIVE COMMUNITY IMPACT!
The work of the BTC has played a key role in providing our local communities with PLACES to engage in healthy outdoor volunteer work, recreation and sport. From walking paths for local dog walkers and rambling groups to challenging downhill routes for keen mountain bikers, the BTC has created and now maintains a network of 4-5km of trails that provide an inspiring environment and place of natural beauty for personal enjoyment and recreational activity.
"We are proud of what we have achieved and delighted to find our work has been so actively embraced and used by so many locals and visitors." Iain Ramsay-Clapham (BTC Chair).
The BTC trails have also played host for a number of local events over the years from rural rambler group gatherings, right through to the Balquhidder Bike Fest, an annual biking event that has at times attracted over 250 locals and visitors to a fantastic day out of cycling, food, music and entertainment. This event has provided a great community occasion that engages local volunteers, young and old as well as attracting local and visiting cyclists.
HELPING SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS
In creating A PLACE to visit for walking or biking we also pride ourselves on helping bring additional custom to the local businesses in the area. Whilst the economic impact is hard to measure we aim to attract visitors who will use:-
The local cafe's and food stops such as Mhor84, the Broch and the Golden Larches.
The local hotels and accommodation providers (too numerous to mention individually).
The local bike hire centres and bike repair shops (Wheels in Callander, Comrie Croft and more recently setup on our doorstep, Roll Outdoors).