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Falkirk, City of Edinburgh and East Lothian councils are the latest to pledge their support for the John Muir Way with the signing of a concordat.
Keith Geddes from the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) has been meeting council leaders and chief executives to sign the agreement which will benefit the outstanding coast to coast walking and cycling route which stretches 134 miles between Helensburgh and Dunbar.
The route, launched to commemorate the Scottish-born environmentalist, takes in many great places across the central Scotland including: the Union Canal and Falkirk Wheel, the Antonine Wall, the Forth bridges, Holyrood Park and the John Muir Birthplace museum. The path has been recognised as one of Scotland’s Great Trails showcasing some of the country’s most iconic landmarks and coastlines.
Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGNT, said: “The John Muir Way takes in the diverse landscapes and rich heritage of central Scotland and we are committed to working with councils along the route to ensure that it is easily accessible and attractive to local people, businesses and visitors, providing opportunities for all to increase the understanding of John Muir’s legacy and philosophy through getting closer to nature.”
The John Muir Way also has an important role to play in providing opportunities to drive economic development and enhancement for businesses and communities along the route.
By encouraging people to get out and about on the route, their wellbeing, health and quality of life is improved due to the benefits of spending time outdoors in the fresh air. Suitable for all ages and levels of experience, the John Muir Way can be enjoyed in short sections, day trips or as a complete coast to coast challenge.