Adventurer Mark Beaumont Launches New Footpath Map at The Hill House Helensburgh
On an epic challenge involving 12 days and 12 sports including cycling, running, canoeing, sailing, fell running and riding, adventure personality Mark Beaumont has been exploring every corner of Argyll on a mega Wild About Argyll safari to draw attention to the tremendous potential the area has for adventure pursuits.
Accompanied by keen outdoor man and local hotel proprietor, Niall Colquhoun, the two cyclists called in at The Hill House Helensburgh recently for a well earned lunch stop, where they met with John Urquhart of Helensburgh and District Access Trust to launch the trust’s new footpath map, which features 14 local walks.
"The map was financed by “OUR Park”, a visitor giving scheme operated by the conservation charity, The Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Niall Colquhoun of Lodge on Loch Lomond and the Inn on Loch Lomond hotels and ourselves at Balmillig B&B here in Helensburgh, are both long term supporters of OUR park and our guests are major contributors to the scheme”, said John.
Niall, who is a keen mountain biker himself, had accompanied Mark from Arrochar to Helensburgh, cycling along the Three Lochs Way, the popular long distance walking and mountain biking route between Balloch and Inveruglas which has been developed by the Helensburgh based trust with OUR Park support over the last 5 years or so.
Afterwards, Mark, who hardly seemed to have broken sweat, headed off with Niall, following the Three Lochs and John Muir routes over to Loch Lomond’s bonnie banks for a few miles of open water swimming – “Just to cool off!”, they shouted, as they headed down Colquhoun Street.
Chair of The Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, James Fraser, said: ''Ensuring good quality maps and information on local walks is available in printed format is a high priority for the Friends and with the help of local businesses and their guests we were pleased to provide HADAT with the funding to print 5,000 copies of this latest map which I am sure will be popular with local residents and visitors."
The map is on sale for £1 at a number of local outlets and all proceeds will be used to help maintain and improve local paths.
Mark's Wild About Argyll adventure has been set out on ExploreArgyll where a day to day blog from Mark is being uploaded with images of each day's adventures and the tracker is setting out his journey. He has been chatting online on @mrmarkbeaumont and using #wildaboutargyll
*Header photo shows, from left to right, Mark Beaumont, John Urquhart and Neil Colqhoun.