Lammermuirs Project - new map published!

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ScotWays is pleased to announce that the first stage of its Lammermuirs project has been completed with the publication of its new Lammermuirs map leaflet. The new map includes not only the Scottish Hill Tracks routes across the Lammermuirs, which were the focus of the previous version, but also shorter and circular routes onto and around the hills to appeal to a wider audience interested in enjoying the area but who lack the time, inclination or ability to tackle a longer or linear journey. Pleasingly, the larger size of the new map has allowed the addition of many more historic features, including old routes promoted by our Heritage Paths project. The Ordnance Survey's trig pillars are also now marked in honour of their 80th birthday year. We hope that our new map will encourage exploration of this special landscape, which is generally under-appreciated, but is well-loved by those who have succumbed to its charms.

Paper copies of the new map are being distributed around East Lothian and the Scottish Borders, so should be available locally. ScotWays members will receive a copy with their autumn mailing. As with all our free leaflets, we'll be pleased to post the Lammermuirs map out on receipt of an SAE. The project has also produced a special online version, downloadable here. It is intended that the online version will also be available from the Council websites. If anyone else would like to help with either paper or digital distribution, we will be very pleased to hear from you!

The Lammermuirs project has also aimed to improve the signposting of routes, so ScotWays volunteers have been auditing, repairing and replacing existing signs and noting potential locations for new signage. Although the resultant signage repair and negotiation regarding new signs is underway, signposting is an ongoing part of ScotWays work, so updates and suggestions will continue to be very welcome.

The leaflet was funded by ScotWays, East Lothian Council, Scottish Borders Council and Gifford Community Council. The project was also supported by the Lammermuirs Moorland Group and Lammermuir Community Council. Many thanks to all the land owners and land managers who have contributed their time and energy – the support of those living and working in the Lammermuirs is especially appreciated. Last, but not least, thankyou to the many volunteers who contributed to the project – surveying routes and auditing signposts, sharing photos and simply letting us know their favourite spots in these lovely hills.