Norbert Grant of Strathclyde Hillwalking and Activity Group & Jim Cassidy of Glasgow HF Outdoor Club, will lead a trek along local paths and Rights of Way on Saturday the 6th of November 2010 to raise awareness of the number of recorded historical routes that have connected the villages long before proper roadways were introduced.
Jim, who lives in Airdrie is an active volunteer with North Lanarkshire’s highly respected Access Forum, a statutory body created under the Land Reform Scotland Act 2003 which is also staffed by professional staff from NLC who provide advice on Rights of Way – “their existence and status” and on “the drafting and adoption of Core Paths” for North Lanarkshire. Jim has also been surveying and raising awareness of local rights of way for Scotways who keep a record of all Rights of Way and has found that some are better known than others. He is keen to ensure that as many people as possible get the chance to share the historical value as well as the health benefits of walking along the paths which are there everyone to walk along.
Norbert, a community promoter from Airdrie, added “there is a lot of work going on the scenes to ensure that access is maintained for not only for today, but for future generations and, with the continued support from the 160 year old Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society and local Lanarkshire residents, we can ensure that we do not lose a part of our heritage”.
Asked on what defines a Right of Way, Norbert explained that “ The legal condition is, a route must be used by the general public for at least 20 years and must link two public places (usually public roads) or can be anything from a local route used for walking the dog or as short cut to the shops, schools and other local amenities”.
The trek itself will start at 9.30am from Salsburgh Community Centre and the group will cross over the M8 motorway before traversing across disused railways and established routes before heading up towards the lesser known paths at the trig point at the Blackhill Transmitters, recognisable landmarks and Scotland’s second tallest structures which are positioned at a height of 285m above sea level.
It is hoped if the weather is kind for the group, panoramic views will offer distinctive views of the Isle of Arran 54miles to the west and Ben More near Crianlarich, peeking over the Campsies and even the Wallace Monument near Stirling .
The 10 mile route may continue along the Right of Way from the Trig Point to the Lily Loch, a popular area and home to variety of wildlife before making a return to Salsburgh.
If you wish to experience walking along these historical Rights of Ways, then join Jim & Norbert on Saturday 6th November. The trek is open to anyone (under 18s must be accompanied) who has a reasonable degree of fitness and self resilience who can accept there is a level of challenge to complete ten miles and who has suitable footwear, clothing and equipment for a three hour autumn morning group trek in one of the most exposed but scenic areas in Scotland.
For further information or to let us know that you would like to attend, please contact Norbert by sending a text to 07789 540 609, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, giving the names of your party and confirming that you are equipped for the trek.