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Monday, 10 January, 2000, 12:19 GMT
Nevis lovers tackle visitor challenge

Ben Nevis More than 500,000 people visit Ben Nevis each year


The annual influx of visitors to Britain's tallest mountain has prompted concerns that it could be damaged beyond repair.

It has been estimated that more than 500,000 people visit Ben Nevis and its main access route Glen Nevis each year, with a further 100,000 either climbing or walking to the Scottish mountain's summit.

Fears have been raised that the mass of people could be causing untold damage to the area and ruining its natural appeal.



Now planners and mountain users have promised a review of conservation issues, including access points, routes and visitor and safety facilities.

Representatives of walking and climbing clubs, conservation organisations, the rescue services and community groups have agreed to attend a mountain management forum scheduled to take place in Fort William on 11 March.

Highland councillor Neil Clark, chairman of the Nevis Working Party, has warned that some of the proposals for the area may not meet with universal approval.

He said: "Glen Nevis and the Ben is our major attraction and we must be sure we do not kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

"We are aware of a number of potentially contentious issues relating to recreation, paths, environmental management, visitor information and mountain safety on Ben Nevis.

'Possible solutions'

"The mountain workshop is being organised to seek agreement on key issues and to discuss possible solutions to current problems."

There have been concerns expressed over the number of charity events taking place in the area.

Climbers and walkers have also voiced opposition to proposals to create more facilities for visitors, arguing that they spoil the look of the area.
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