Path to summit of Criffel set for £210,000 upgrade

A grant of £210,000 has been secured for the upgrade of the path to the summit of Criffel mountain in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish Government’s Rural Tourism infrastructure granted the funds through Visit Scotland. Dumfries and Galloway Council said that peaty soil, high rainfall and heavy use has resulted in sections of the path becoming eroded and damaged.

In 2010, the council upgraded the lower section of the path. The local authority said that the upcoming work will look to improve on this work but at the upper stretch of the path to the summit – making Criffel a more ‘attractive’ and ‘accessible’ tourist destination.

The council added that, dependent on the weather, specialist contractors are expected to complete the work in around 12 weeks. The route will remain open during the work but walkers are advised to heed any signage and guidance from the contractors.

Councillor Rob Davidson, chair of the Economy and Resources committee, said, “I’m delighted that the Council has secured this funding to carry out improvements to this popular path to the summit of Criffel. As our region emerges from lockdown and we welcome the return of people to the countryside, it’s vital that they have the best possible visitor experience.”

Councillor Archie Dryburgh, vice chair, said, “I’m excited that this work can now begin to improve this popular path. Once completed, it will be a fabulous destination for people living here and for visitors to the area.”