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ScotWays - Small Grant Scheme

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ScotWays has created a small grants scheme to help organisations fund a project up to 50% of the total budget for the project.

The scheme will award grants of between £500 and £1,500. It is hoped that this might enable organisations to achieve the completion of a community-based/access-related project which might not otherwise be able to proceed.

Applicant organisations should be members of ScotWays.

The next submission date for applications is 31st May, and a decision on any applications received by that date will be made by the end of July.

For further details please visit our downloads page where you’ll find an explanatory letter and the application form.

Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum - Walks available

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Following on from Nick Cooke's talk at the AGM on the development of Scottish Pilgrim routes by the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum (SPRF), a number of monthly guided walks are taking place this year on some of the routes, which Scotways members would be welcome to participate in.

The dates are shown in the Events calendar and details on registering for the walks which are free can be found on the SPRF website;

ScotWays at Easter 2018

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The ScotWays office will be closed on Friday 30th March 2018 and reopen on Tuesday 3rd April 2018.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are currently receiving a large number of enquiries, and we are working hard to answer as many as possible before the Easter break. Unfortunately, we will not manage to respond to everyone, in which case we apologise for the delay in our response. If you are concerned not to have heard from us, please do feel free to drop us a reminder via post or email and we will be in touch once the office has re-opened.

Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We are currently just meeting our target of responding to all rights of way search requests within 5 working days of receiving them in our office, unless another deadline has been agreed. As our office will be closed over Easter, search requests received after Thursday 22nd March may not be completed until after the holiday. If your search request is urgent, please contact us to discuss when we will be able to complete it.

Cairnbank Road, Penicuik - Latest Update

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Cairnbank Road, Penicuik – further update         

Since our last update in November, the hearing of evidence in this case was completed on 29 January. Parties are to present their legal submissions between 18 and 21 June after which the Sheriff will issue a written judgement. We have no indication of when this will be available.

For further details, please see Midlothian Council’s website:

Suspension bridge removed - River Carnach

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The Knoydart Foundation Ranger Service reports that the suspension footbridge (NM866965) over the River Carnach has been closed as it is no longer safe - it is to be removed. There is a stated intention to replace the bridge, but no timescale has yet been given. Please note this is a dangerous river crossing and will usually be impassable without the bridge.

This loss of this bridge affects the Inverie to Glen Dessary Path - a right of way described in our book Scottish Hill Tracks and also promoted by our Heritage Paths project for its historic interest.