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Have you seen this gate? Theft devastates Community Paths Project

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Ecclesmachan and Threemiletown Community Council have just completed a project to upgrade four local paths. But less than 4 weeks after the official launch, one of their brand new, specialised stock-proof gates, and the posts it was attached too, has been stolen.

The theft was discovered on Wednesday 13th April. Community Council Chairperson Gordon Allan said: “I can’t believe someone wanted this for their garden and it certainly seems a lot of effort for such a small amount of wood or metal.”  Gordon also said, “Funding of around £1000 will now have to be sought for a replacement as the grant for the original work has been completed – we need to protect the livestock in the fields adjacent to the path and avoid a potential accident on this road.”

The gate may have already ended up on a bonfire, but there is a chance it will turn up on another path or at a salvage yard or car boot sale, so please keep an eye out for it whilst you are out and about. The gate was stolen from a path that opens onto the Linlithgow to Dechmont Road, in West Lothian. If you can give any information, please contact Lothian and Borders Police at Broxburn Police Station on 01506 852121 quoting incident number 0750/14042011.

The project, created and managed by the Ecclesmachan and Threemiletown Community Council, was funded by Awards for All lottery funding and The West Lothian Council LEADER programme and took over 3 years to plan and execute. It involved the co-operation of three local landowners including Oatridge College and technical assistance from Paths for All. The work on the four paths, some 8.5km long in total, included drainage, a new bridge, new fencing, new stone-pitched steps and new stock-proof gates. Volunteers are now working on ways of making the remaining gates more secure.


 

Phototrails – Promoting Countryside Access for Disabled People

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Here in the ScotWays office we recently came across a great web based database of accessible paths called Phototrails - http://www.phototrails.org/. It has been developed by the Fieldfare Trust and is designed to help people of all abilities find routes to enjoy.

Each route on the site is described through a slideshow of photographs with detailed notes about accessibility and facilities which will help people chose a location that suits their needs and abilities. We hope it will help more people get out and enjoy our beautiful countryside.

Scottish Six Day Trials - offroad motorcycle event

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The annual Scottish Six Days off-road motorcycle trial will be taking place from Monday 2 May to Saturday 7 May 2011. Our attention has been drawn to the use by the trial of the asserted right of way from Innerwick through Rannoch Forest to Dall on Loch Rannoch on Thursday 5th May. It is likely that other popular routes in Lochaber will be affected during that week, so if you will be in the area we highly recommend looking at the Six Days Trial website at www.ssdt.org. The routes for each trial are available as downloadable maps.

The right of way from Innerwick to Dall forms part of Scottish Hill Track 138. It also features on the Heritage Paths website as "the Kirk Road through the Lairig Ghallabhaich", see http://www.heritagepaths.co.uk/pathdetails.php?path=101.

Fife walks - two new downloads added to the ScotWays website

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Two new items have been added to the Downloads section of this website.

Cupar Walks is a leaflet that describes 14 walks around Cupar. Many of the paths used have been kept open by ScotWays volunteers, who have also installed lots of way markers to help you find your way. Cupar is surrounded by some of the most fertile farmland in Fife, and was once an important market town. Paths and rights of way are a great way to explore the farming heritage of this beautiful area of Scotland.

The Lindores Loops are routes around Lindores Loch, near Newburgh, Fife. They were developed and waymarked by ScotWays volunteers, who also drew an excellent map and provided some useful notes to go with it.

ScotWays is now on Twitter!

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You can now follow us on Twitter. Find us at www.twitter.com/scotways or click on the button on the left hand side of this page. We hope it will become a great way for people to keep in touch and find out what we're up to.