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ScotWays at Easter

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The ScotWays office will be closed on Friday 25th March 2015 and reopen on Tuesday 29th March 2015.

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 17th 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.

 

Paths For All - Community Paths Grants

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Paths For All have announced a funding opportunity for local community paths, as follows:

 

“We are inviting community groups who would like to improve their local community paths to apply for a Community Paths Grant.

We are offering individual grants of up to £1500 to help community groups improve, maintain and promote their local community paths.

 

Not only can we offer financial help in the way of a grant but we have a dedicated team to give support and technical help throughout all steps of the process of your project. For inspiration take a look at some of the projects previous applicants have been involved with in our Making Tracks case studies.

Find out more details about our grant fund here.

 

If you are not yet at the stage of applying for a Community Paths grant,  but want to discuss an idea then please get in touch with our team of experts:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  01259 218 888.

In addition, we are also offering training courses to help you to learn the essential skills to improve maintain and promote your local paths - you can find details of our courses here. Watch out for our new programme of training courses coming soon.

We look forward to working with you on making Scotland a better place for everyday walking.

From the Paths for All Active Environments Team”

 

Christmas and New Year at ScotWays

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The ScotWays office will close on Tuesday 22nd December 2015, and re-open on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

General rights of way and access enquiries: We are working hard to answer as many enquiries as possible before Christmas, but unfortunately as we are very busy at present some of you may have to wait until the New Year to receive a response.

ScotWays webshop: Once the office is closed, we will not be processing any more orders until we re-open in the New Year. The good news is that there'll probably then be a sale offer on our remaining Christmas cards!

Rights of way searches for solicitors, land managers and developers: We aim to respond to all formal search requests within 5 working days of receiving them in our office, unless another deadline has been agreed. As our office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year, search requests received after 15th December may not be completed until after we re-open in the New Year. If your search request is urgent, please contact us before we close for the holidays to discuss when we will be able to complete it. 

Office volunteers: The office will be closed for two weeks over Christmas and the New Year, so please take a well earned break! Very many thanks for all your hard work, we look forward to seeing you in 2016. 


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at ScotWays!
 

Crichton to Borthwick Right of Way - Update

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We’d like to update our members on the current situation regarding the Borders Railway and Crichton-Borthwick Right of Way.

There had been issues resulting from the construction of the Borders Railway regarding a missing metal kissing gate for walkers. The Crichton to Borthwick Right of Way was closed temporarily under the Waverley Act 2005. The necessary gates and fencing have now been completed, and the closure has been lifted.

However, there is still a deer fence blocking the route on the Borthwick side, and there is no easy way to bypass this problem. Midlothian Council are aware of the problem and are in the process of taking action against the landowner. 

We encourage anyone that encounters problems with the route to report these directly to Midlothian Council’s access officer John Park at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (0131 561 5386) - please copy us into any e-mail correspondence via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Similarly, if this a route that you have walked in the past, but are avoiding because you have heard of the difficulties, it could still be helpful to write. If the Council are receiving communications about this route, it may assist them with their course of action. 

ScotWays AGM - Saturday 21st November

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This year's ScotWays AGM will be held at the Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth PH2 0TH on Saturday 21st November at 2pm.

For more information on the Dewars Centre location, please visit the centre's website.

The centre is a short walk from Perth railway station, and has plenty of parking.

Lunch will be available at 12.30pm, for those who have booked. If you are wanting to attend and have lunch, we will need to know via the ScotWays office no later than Friday 13th November.

For those not joining us for lunch, tea and coffee will be available before the AGM starts at 2pm.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day!

A copy of last year's draft AGM minutes are available to download.

Fife Pilgrim's Way gets funding

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We are pleased to hear the news that the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust have secured funding of £406,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to establish the Fife Pilgrim Way long distance walking route.

Congratulations are due to all in FCCT who have helped to secure this all important level of funding, building on a high degree of local community support for this major project and the earlier work of Scotways in mapping and costing the route.  We are therefore delighted and look forward to hearing more about the route as the FCCT progress their work on the ground.

The Fife Prilgrim's Way route will take walkers on a historical route through Fife, from Culross to Dunfermline Abbey, all the way to St.Andrews cathedral.