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Path to improve community links

Published Thursday, 18 May 2017

gatehouse and bridge leading to Maudslie Estate with path running alongside river

Volunteers are being sought to help maintain the Clyde Walkway Community Links routes over the summer.

The vital work will be undertaken every second Wednesday as part of the work of the Clydesdale Community Initiative (CCI) to help keep five Clyde Walkway Community Links paths safe and accessible for all. Working to a plan prepared by CCI, the work will enable people to play an active role in surveying and maintaining local paths with tasks including vegetation clearance and litter picking.

Enthusiasm for looking after local paths is all that is required – no previous experience is necessary and all tools and hot drinks will be provided.

Volunteers are only asked to bring a packed lunch, waterproofs, and lots of energy and enthusiasm. The ground is likely to be wet and uneven so wellies or sturdy boots are essential.

Volunteering opportunities take place every second Wednesday starting 31 May, with an exception in mid June. The sessions will take place from 10.30am to 2pm on the following days:

  • Wednesday 31 May - Larkhall - Clyde Walkway
  • Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 June - Crossford – Stonebyres-Nemphlar-Kirkfieldbank
  • Wednesday 5 July - Rosebank Circular
  • Wednesday 19 July - Nemphlar Moor Road - Braidwood
  • Wednesday 16 August - Law - Maudslie Estate

Path surveyors will be supported by CCI, with additional support available through the the council's Adopt-A-Path scheme. This includes use of a handbook that covers all the basics you need to get started as a volunteer path surveyor. Additional training, where required, includes surveying paths, assessing risks, small-scale path maintenance and basic tool use.

Volunteering is focussed on five beautiful and historic Clyde Walkway Community Links routes that were upgraded in 2016 as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP), in partnership with sportscotland, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Clydesdale Community Initiatives and the council.

Much loved and used by local people, the routes, taking in Crossford, Dalserf, Kirkfieldbank, Larkhall, Law, Nemphlar and Rosebank, have been used since ancient times. Traditionally, they were practical routes linking communities with places of work like jam factories, glasshouses and market gardens, mines, Estates, and brick and tile works.

Nowadays, they continue to provide leisure access to locals and visitors alike to the stunning and nationally important Clyde Valley National Nature Reserve (NNR), as well as the unique and varied landscape of the area. Points of interest include Stonebyres Falls, the Lee Valley, garden centres, and designed landscapes at Mauldslie, Dalserf and Crossford. Explore them online as digital trails at www.clydeandavonvalley.org/trails

Donna Marshall, CAVLP Manager, said: “If you’re passionate about your local area and take pride in showing off the beautiful countryside on your doorstep, this is an opportunity for you. You will be undertaking a vital role in stewardship and care for the routes which provide locals and visitors alike with access to the stunning local landscape and the Clyde Walkway – one of Scotland’s Great Trails.”

To sign up to volunteer with CCI on the Clyde Walkway Community Links project benefitting local communities and yourself, please contact CCI on 01555 664 211 or enquiries@cciweb.org.uk. Explore the Clyde Walkway Community Links routes at www.clydeandavonvalley.org/trails