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Peffery Way path project linking Dingwall and Strathpeffer on a high at start of 2021 following remarkable response during lockdown as locals reconnected with nature

By Hector MacKenzie

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The Peffery Way has witnessed a year of progress.
The Peffery Way has witnessed a year of progress.

VOLUNTEERS and trustees behind plans for an off-road path linking Dingwall and Strathpeffer have thanked members of the public for their support during a year which witnessed much progress despite the spectre of coronavirus.

Trustees of the Peffery Way Association have highlighted some of the positive outcomes achieved on the link during 2020 – a year which saw its significance thrust into the spotlight as increasing numbers took to the route during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The group said: "This year has been extremely challenging and difficult for us all, but it has really been incredibly heartening to see so many folk using the path.

"There can be no doubt that connecting with nature and the outdoors this year has been even more important than ever for our mental and physical health. We are delighted that so many of you have chosen to use the Peffery Way.

"Despite a shaky start at the beginning of lockdown, we finally succeeded in completing a tricky, 350m section of path through Knockbain Woods thanks to works carried out by Highland Conservation in July and James Cameron in November.

"This would not have been possible if so many of you had not responded so positively to our social media appeal for additional funds to allow us to complete the work. Your response was amazing, and we raised over £10,000! In addition to the appeal, we have continued to seek other funds and have secured over £50,000 from various grants and other sources this year. Combined with the appeal, this brings our total fund raising for the year to £62,627.

"Once again, we would like to say a huge thanks to everyone that has used the path, liked our Facebook page, become a PWA member, shared our news, volunteered, donated funds, and generally supported our work. We could not do this without you. Wishing you all a much healthier and happier 2021."

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