Mountaineer welcomes plans to reopen Edinburgh’s Radical Road


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Radical Road was closed in 2018 after 50 tons of rock fell

World-renowned rock climber Stephen Venables has welcomed plans to reopen Edinburgh’s historic route, saying he is not convinced of the seriousness of the risk of falling rocks.

The 68-year-old regularly climbed the cliffs on Holyrood Park’s Radical Road before it was closed for safety reasons four years ago.

Now site managers want to overturn the decision.

This is followed by an outcry from several organizations.

The walk starts next to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where members of the royal family stay when they are in Edinburgh.

The Radical Road runs along the Salisbury Crags at Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano that is one of Edinburgh’s most recognizable landmarks.

It was closed in 2018 after 50 tons of rock fell from the cliffs onto the trail.

Stephen Venables is an explorer and this is him reaching the top of Starbuck Peak on South Georgia Island

Many organizations including Ramblers Scotland, Edinburgh Heritage Watchdog, Cockburn Association, access group ScotWays and Mountaineering Scotland criticized the move.

Geologists and historians have also previously called for the track to be reopened due to the importance of the site.

Historic Environment Scotland manages a park in the center of the town, including a mile-long path high in the volcanic rock of Salisbury Crags.

Now he says he’s looking for ways to reopen the site, which was feared to be permanently shut down.

Mr Venables, who lives in Edinburgh but has climbed all over the world, told BBC Scotland that only a few signs were needed along the route to warn people of the dangers.

Stephen Venables wears green trousers and climbs Salisbury Crags before closing time

He said: “I’ve seen this happen more and more around the world. Well-meaning officials like to restrict people’s access.

“This creeping protection at work is a global problem. I am not convinced of the seriousness of the rock fall hazard at this location.”

Mr Venables, who became the first Briton to climb Mount Everest without bottled oxygen in 1988, added it was a shame the route and cliffs were closed.

The climber said: “Edinburgh is almost unique in having a mountain in the center of the city and some of the world’s best climbers first learned their trade here at Salisbury Crags.

“I’m always very skeptical when it comes to ‘health and safety concerns’ overriding the public’s need for access to wild lands, so I’m glad to hear that Radical Road may be reopening soon.”

History of Radikalska Street

James Hutton was able to study exposed horizontal bands of dolerite rock at Salisbury Crags

On the Radical Path, the founder of geology, James Hutton, came up with his theory of how and when the world was formed.

In the late 18th century, he found evidence for his theory that the world’s landscape had evolved over time at a site known as Hutton’s Section.

The street got its name after the Radical War in 1820.

This rebellion, also known as the Scottish Rebellion, was the result of social unrest among workers fed up with unfair working and living conditions.

Unemployed weavers in the west of Scotland paved the area around Salisbury Crags according to a plan suggested by the writer Sir Walter Scott.

“Iconic Road”

Brendan Paddy, director of Ramblers Scotland, said: “It is encouraging to hear suggestions that the 200-year-old Radical Road could be reopened.

“The iconic path offers spectacular views of our capital and is one of the most popular walks in Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s star attraction on TripAdvisor.

“Historic Environment Scotland simply must stop managing this world famous geological feature as it would a crumbling historic building.

“Hikers should be informed of the risks and then allowed to make their own informed decisions, as they do across Scotland.”

Carved into the Salisbury Crags, the Radical Road offers unparalleled panoramic views of Edinburgh

James Garry, deputy director of the Cockburn Association, said he was delighted plans were being considered to reopen the road.

He said: “This is the most popular and traditional approach through King’s Park in Holyrood.

“The unique experience the trail offers makes it critical that it reopens and is accessible.”

Richard Barron, Chief Operating Officer of ScotWays – the world’s oldest leisure access organization – said: “Reopening Radical Road would be a huge relief.

“Closing this road forever could be the thin end of the wedge for other roads, which would be a farce.”

Stuart Younie, chief executive of Mountaineering Scotland, said: “Rock climbing has a long history as bouldering routes are readily available there and climbers are already used to managing the risks associated with climbing on natural rock. “

A spokeswoman for Historic Environment Scotland said: “We hope to find a balance between the current risk of rockfall and access that will benefit everyone while meeting our legal obligations and we will continue to explore how we can minimize the current restrictions on access to the Radical Road as part of of all future proposals.

“We are reviewing how we assess and manage rock risk safety with experts from the British Geological Survey and our geotechnical specialists.”


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