Latest news stories from ScotWays.

Borders Railway and the Crichton to Borthwick right of way

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Our Summer Newsletter included an article by John Pope (Chair of Midlothian Access Forum & ScotWays Director) outlining the work ScotWays has been doing to protect rights of way and other paths affected by the re-instated Borders Railway. 

In his article, John anticipated that the right of way from Crichton to Borthwick would be temporarily closed and soon. This route is John's favourite right of way, but finding its line can be tricky in places, so he has for some time been producing a short guide for those who wish to explore this beautiful and historically interesting right of way. A temporary crossing point over the former Waverley Line is now in place and John has kindly updated his guide - download it for free from the Downloads section of this website. 
Newsflash (May 2014): unfortunately we have to report that this right of way has been blocked by a deer fence. John Pope is in contact with Midlothian Council's access team about the matter. An update will be posted here as soon as we hear any more, but for the time being this ancient right of way is impassable.

Job Opportunity - Heritage Paths Officer (Fife)

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Heritage Paths Officer (Fife)

ScotWays seeks a Heritage Paths Officer to deliver a project on the feasibility of a path from St Andrews to Dunfermline. The project is the Fife Pilgrimage Route and will incorporate and link existing paths.

The post is part-time, based on 104 days, for which the salary is £10,000, and will complete by 31st March 2014. The person will be able to work independently and in close liaison with key partners, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and Fife Council. Experience of landowner negotiation and path construction is essential.

For further details and an application form, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Forms to be submitted by email attachment by 3.00pm on 3rd June 2013.

ScotWays Walks Programme 2013

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The ScotWays Members' Walks programme 2013 kicked off on Wednesday 10th April in Cambusbarron. A great time was had by all - have you signed up for a walk yet this year?

One of the perks of ScotWays membership is the Members' Walks programme. This year's selection of nine walks includes a Scottish Hill Tracks route in Selkirkshire and a Heritage Paths walk near Newtonmore. Other gems in the programme include a walk along the River Tyne from Haddington to Dunbar and an outing with the Friends of the Pentlands along their planned Pentlands Way.

Places on these walks are available to ScotWays members only.  If you are not a ScotWays member, but are interested in our walks, then why not join us?

Numbers are strictly limited on all our walks, so book early to avoid disappointment!

ScotWays at Easter

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The ScotWays office will close on Thursday 28th March 2013, and reopen on Tuesday 2nd April 2013.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are currently receiving a huge 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 line 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 21st 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.

Donald Bennet, 1928 - 2013

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ScotWays is very sad to report the death on 7th February of Dr Donald Bennet OBE.  Donald, a passionate lifelong mountaineer, was a Director of the Society from 1989, a dynamic and hugely industrious Chairman from 1992 to 2000, and Honorary President from 2000 to 2004.  His work for ScotWays included the celebrations to mark our 150th anniversary, the revision and re-publication of Scottish Hill Tracks, sustained representation on the Access Forum, and the fostering of close relations with the Countryside Commission for Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.  Even after a disabling stroke in 2001, Donald kept up his regular attendance at AGMs in his wheelchair.  Many members will also have benefited from Donald's assiduous efforts in writing and editing guidebooks for the Scottish Mountaineering Trust - not least the very successful guides to the Munros and Corbetts. A fuller obituary and appreciation will appear in our Summer Newsletter.

We offer our deepest sympathy to Donald's wife Anne, who has cared for him most selflessly throughout his years of disability, and to their family.

Land Reform Review

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ScotWays Chairman, George Menzies, recently submitted our response to the Land Reform Review Group. The submission relates to Part 1 of the Act, and if you wish to read it, it is now available from the Downloads section of the ScotWays website.

Our response is also available, along with many others, on Andy Wightman's Land Matters website, here. It's well worth a visit.