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Rock Fall Warning for Cairngorm's Goat Track

The effects of yesterday's deluge continue to be felt in the Cairngorms. Following the Derry Burn bridge collapse (see here) comes news today that a substantial rock fall has left the Goat Track path in a dangerous state.

The Goat Track from Cairn Gorm  © Dan Bailey
The Goat Track from Cairn Gorm
© Dan Bailey

Slabs from the cliffs above the Goat Track in Coire an t-Sneachda have fallen across the track and surrounding area.

The rock fall was discovered by path builders heading into Coire an t-Sneachda this morning. They carried out an initial examination, which showed the area to be very unstable and dangerous.

The situation is currently being discussed with Cairngorm Rangers and the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust to determine the best way forward.

In the meantime, for safety reasons, the MCofS are advising walkers and climbers to avoid the whole Goat Track area.


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12 Aug, 2014
Also worth noting that on the south side of the Cairngorms, the bridge across the Derry at Derry Lodge has been washed away, and the state of other bridges further upstream is currently unknown - http://www.mcofs.org.uk/news.asp?s=2&id=MCS-N11476&nc=Access%20and%20Conservation
26 Aug, 2014
I am assuming the advice to avoid the goat track area is still valid? Any info on this is much appreciated. Thanks.
26 Aug, 2014
I've heard it's changed little, so as safe as it ever was.
26 Aug, 2014
Pretty dodgey unless we'll frozen in place then ;)
27 Aug, 2014
Thanks for that, Andy. We went up there today and tbh I couldn't even tell where the rockfall would have been - so to me exactly as you said: safe as it ever was...
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