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Just Text Giving - a new way to support ScotWays

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You can now make a donation to ScotWays using your mobile phone. Just text SRWS45 and the amount you want to donate to 70070 e.g. SRWS45 £5. All text messages are free on all networks and ScotWays will get 100% of the amount you donate. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10, up to a maximum of £30 a month.

For more details, visit the JustTextGiving website;

ScotWays Summer Newsletter - out now!

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We sent our Summer Newsletter out to all our members last week. We think our newsletters and updates are a great way to let our supporters know what we’ve been up to. In this edition - Crubenmore, members' walks, heritage paths, new bridges and more. We hope all our members enjoy reading it.

If you are not currently a member but would like to receive our newsletters and all the other benefits of ScotWays membership, click on the Membership tab above to find out more.

If you are a ScotWays member and have not yet received your copy of the Spring Update, please contact the office so we can check we have your details correct.


Crichton to Borthwick – download our guide to this fantastic, yet challenging right of way in Midlothian!

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The right of way from Crichton to Borthwick in Midlothian is a great route, but there are a number of points where finding your way can be tricky. ScotWays Director John Pope, who lives in Midlothian and knows the route extremely well, has produced a short guide for anyone who would like to explore this route. Download it for free from the Downloads section of this website.

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 - 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.