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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.

Jim Cosgrove, 1913 - 2011

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James (Jim) Cosgrove died at the beginning of February, in his 99th year. ScotWays was saddened to learn of this and is grateful for the time he spent supporting the work of the Society.

He was appointed a Director of the Society at the 1984 AGM and served until 1993. For many years, he lead walks and was vigorously involved in signposting. Jim was also heavily engaged in the cross-Scotland challenges. He became known as a superb raconteur and conversationalist and found time to be greatly interested in music. Jim had been a gents' hairdresser and, after retirement, lived in Letham, Angus, with his wife. Following the death of his wife, he moved into Benholm Care Home in Forfar, which is where he died peacefully.