Month-long disabled access project to be held in 2020

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An off-the-cuff remark about disabled access to Scotland's hills was a motivation for the project

A new project is promoting the benefits of the outdoors to people with disabilities.

Month of Access is to be held UK-wide in June next year following a pilot held in Perthshire.

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Four disabled people, including Bob Benson, were taken

Last month's inaugural Day of Access took four disabled people to an altitude of 720m (2,362ft) on Meall Tairneachan. A 4x4 vehicle was used to taken them up the hill.

Conceived by Edinburgh-based Scottish poet and artist Alec Finlay, the pilot was supported by Forestry and Land Scotland, John Muir Trust and Dalchosnie and Kynachan Estate.

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The pilot Day of Access was held last month
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Scottish artist Alec Finlay came up with the idea for Day of Access

Motivation for the project included an off-the-cuff remark of a landowner who said: "But what would a disabled person do up there?"

The pilot Day of Access was document by by Sam McDiarmid, a young photographer training at Forth Valley College.

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Following last month's pilot a Month of Access is planned for next June

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