One of the most popular tourist attractions in the area, Mugdock Country Park, has benefited from improvement works to paths and fences thanks to a cash injection of £64,000 from East Dunbartonshire and Stirling Councils.
The park’s thousands of visitors will now be able to enjoy easier access around the park, better conditions underfoot and an improvement to some popular walking routes.
A new pathway has been built across the Peitches Moor and new fencing is being erected around the old quarry site, making the area safer for visitors. The work by the Clydesdale Community Initiative has seen an investment on-site of £27,000.
The cliff face next to the path at Mugdock Loch was showing deterioration in the stability of the rock but has now been stabilised. There had been some risk from nearby tree roots and foliage but the area has been strengthened to improve safety and prevent potential rockslides. The work cost £37,000 and was carried out by Luddons.
Chair of the Mugdock Park Management Committee, East Dunbartonshire Councillor Eric Gotts, said: “It is important that we continue to invest in this wonderful local attraction to ensure that regular visitors continue to enjoy the natural beauty it offers and that more and more new visitors are introduced to everything it has to offer. The recent improvements are looking good and were important from a safety perspective.”
Stirling Councillor Graham Lambie, vice-chair of the committee, added: “I’d like to encourage anyone who has never been to Mugdock or who hasn’t visited for a while to pop along and see just what this magnificent Park holds for families, walkers, cyclists and anyone who enjoys the outdoors. We work hard to maintain and improve it and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by what you see.”
There are walking trails, retail opportunities, places to eat, orienteering activities, children’s play areas and a varied ‘what’s on’ programme throughout the year. Check out www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk for more.