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HILLWALKING AT CHESTHILL
The deer management programme here is very important to the livelihoods of local people and our employees and the welfare of the deer herd, so we would ask you to respect the guidance we offer. Walking needs to be fitted into the estate business programme and has to be managed. Please download a copy of our Deer Management Activity And Alternative Routes Leaflet.
The estate is subject to ever increasing access which is affecting wildlife operations and business through out the year. We would ask you to cooperate with the estate to mitigate these adverse environmental impacts. A sensible balance is needed if the uplands here are to remain sustainable. 90 % of the estate is uplands/highlands, which supports ground nesting birds, ( ptarmigan, a few grouse, dotterel and plover, a few raptors) as well as other wildlife, especially our deer herd and its welfare.
These adverse impacts are felt particularly acutely by the animals and birds during the breeding seasons April to July, especially when walkers fail to follow recognised clockwise routes and fail to control their dogs.
The Wildlife legislation and the Access Code places a responsibility on walkers to avoid conflicting and disrupting animals and birds, especially during the breeding season, as well as deer management activity in the autumn.
Our policy is designed to give the public access and to advise on how to avoid conflicting with the estate's activities and business. From September through November, a short period over which our estate core business takes place, which underwrites jobs, conservation management, and animal welfare, as well as obliging SNH deer management policy, you should walk elsewhere.
Such policy is sensibly being encouraged by P&K Council and by SNH ( through its access code)
When access is available throughout most of the year please work to the following guidelines:
- Follow the recognised route in a clockwise direction from Invervar, up the track, over the bridge, to the way marks which are signed westward to Carn Gorm. Follow the signs and the green and orange way marks. Walk up the east side of the ridge to the peak.
- Stay on the ridges and do not come down into the corries.
- Walk quietly - Avoid disturbing deer and birds.
Keep dogs on leads at all times. This will avoid disturbing ground nesting birds and deer. Dogs cause disturbance and damage to wildlife and great stress to deer and their young at any time of year, but particularly in June - July, just after calves are borne.
If you find a deer or deer calf, do not handle it.
In summer please be off the hill by well before dusk (7pm) to allow the hinds to return peacefully to their calves.(which they leave hidden during the day) ( May to July).
When we are on the hill carrying out our programme, August to October, but mainly September and October, we will tell you at Invervar with very clear notices and we ask that you respect these by staying off the hills allowing us to do our work. We work closely with the access authorities who suport this approach and are encouraging alternative walks.
Please walk elsewhere at the local alternative areas offered by our leaflets. You can always come back here at another time.
We will also endeavour to advise details of our estate programme on this web site. The programme takes in Saturdays and sometimes Sundays during the season ( September - October).
We actively manage the situation by providing information at Invervar with notices indicating whether we are out or not.
If we indicate we are out please walk on alternative areas. This is in accordance with the wishes expressed and asked for in the Access Code.
Thank you for your cooperation in working towards sustainability and helping us achieve a better balance between man and nature as well as offering everyone the opportunity to enjoy the hills.
The Chesthill Countryside Calendar
Welcome to a Year in the Countryside, seen from the highland perspective. Click on each month below to find out what is happening in the mountains, on the rivers and across the farmland and how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
Estate Management & Rural programmes
If you want to walk in late August, September, October and November please contact the estate in advance. This is the critical part of our deer management programme. By contacting us you can avoid conflicting with our programme and avoid dsappointment. We will endeavour to help you find alternative venues over this short period. We have provided a range of options on the web site and its leaflets.
Responsible Hill Walking On Highland Estates
Understanding Highland Estate Management
Scotland's Countryside : Rivers, Hills and Mountains: The Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Under Part 1 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 there is a statutory right of access to most land and inland waterways. People only have these rights of access if they exercise them responsibly by respecting people's privacy, safety and livelihoods, and Scotland's environment. Equally land managers have to manage their land and water responsibly in relation to access rights.