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ScotWays Christmas cards available now!

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New ScotWays Christmas Cards for 2012, available now!

We have three brand new designs this year; Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe) and over to Beinn Alligin by Iain Dow, From Craigmore towards Ben Lomond by Jean Jack and Suilven and Canisp by Richard Doake. A fourth design, Paps of Jura from Kilmory, was in such demand last year, we have decided to print a similar view this year. All four designs are sure to prove popular, so order soon to avoid disappointment.

The packs of Christmas cards contain 10 cards (approx 15cm x 10cm) of a single design, plus envelopes. They are available to buy from our online shop: http://www.scotways.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=13&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=59. Alternatively, you can send a cheque, made payable to ScotWays, to our office at 24 Annandale Street, Edinburgh. Please remember to add a flat rate of £1.50 per order to help cover postage and packing.  If you want to avoid the postage and packing charge, why not pop into our office on Annandale Street? Do give us a ring to let us know you are coming though, so we can make sure there is someone here to let you in!

Remember, 100% of profits from the sale of our cards go directly to ScotWays funds, so why not take a look at our packs of note cards too? They make great stocking fillers. Incidentally, another previously popular Christmas card Corrour Station from Loch Ossian by Jim Crosthwaite, has been reprinted as a note card.

**STOP PRESS** If you are looking for a bargain we have very limited stock of last year's Meall Ghaordaidh Christmas card, but they are going fast too so get your order in quick!



Commemorating George & Nancy Cheyne - a new bridge

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The new bridge over the infant Tyne below Crichton Castle was visited by the Cheyne and Sandeman families on Saturday 6 October. The bridge had been funded from the residue of the Cheyne Bequest, given to honour the memory of their father George Cheyne (who had been secretary and chairman of the Scottish Rights of Way Society in the thirties and forties respectively), and their mother Nancy Sandeman - who by happy coincidence would have been exactly 100 years old on the day, had she lived.

 

Nancy sounds to have been a loving and sensible wife; she insisted that George wear a proper suit to his lawyer's office, rather than the kilt which he wore the rest of the time. His son Peter kept up the family tradition on the day; a fine Sutherland hunting tartan. Brother Colin and sister Mary also attended, as well as some thirty members of the extended family.

 

It was a fine sunny day; the bridge and the country looked at their best. Several members of the family walked towards Borthwick Castle using the right of way, and were rewarded with fine views of the Pentlands - their father's stamping ground when he first came to Edinburgh.

 

ScotWays was represented on the day by John Pope and Eleisha Fahy - we were made most welcome by the family, who seemed pleased with the results of our efforts.

 

Thanks are due to Midlothian Council - especially James Kinch - and their rangers Jo Cooke and Alan Krumholds, the volunteers, in particular Ian Brown, and the criminal Justice team, who lifted the heavy timbers down to the site.


Cheyne Bridge over the infant Tyne near Crichton Castle 


- Article written by John Pope, image by Ian Brown


For others who would also like to walk the right of way between Crichton and Borthwick Castles, ScotWays Director John Pope has produced a guide to the route, which is available from the downloads section of our website.



Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

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The ScotWays office will close on Friday 1st June 2012, and reopen on Wednesday 6th May 2012.

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 office closes for the long weekend. 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 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 the long weekend, search requests received after 25th May 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.

John Dow, 1922 - 2012

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ScotWays is saddened to hear of the recent death of John Dow, at the age of 89.

John Dow may be best remembered for participating in almost 100 sorties for the RAF during World War II, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Flying Medal. In later years, John became an active supporter of the Society, and he was out virtually every week making a point of walking rights of way in order to help safeguard their status. A keen participant in our Walks programme, he also cycled from Land's End to John o' Groats at the age of 72.

We are grateful to John for his contribution to our work.

ScotWays Walks Programme 2012

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The ScotWays Members' Walks programme 2012 will kick off on Wednesday 18th April in Muckhart. 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 seven walks includes a Scottish Hill Tracks route and one near the Campsie Fells in our current Heritage Paths project area. Other gems in the programme include a coastal walk south of Dalbeattie in Galloway and, as the weather turns colder, a historical walk near Linlithgow incorporating a museum visit.

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!


Easter at ScotWays

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The ScotWays office will close on Thursday 6th April 2012, and reopen on Tuesday 10th April 2012.

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 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 29th 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.