Coast to coast walk marks a successful first twelve months

A 134-mile coast to coast walk that takes in some of East Dunbartonshire’s most beautiful landcapes marked its first birthday this week.

The John Muir Way – named after the famous Scottish naturalist who helped found the American National Park movement – opened on April 19 last year.

It is estimated that 9,000 walkers and cyclists will complete the lowland trail, end-to-end, every year.

It runs from Dunbar to Helensburgh, visiting Strathblane, Twechar, Kirkintilloch, and Lennoxtown along the way.

Minister for environment Dr Aileen McLeod said: “It’s really encouraging to see the success of the John Muir Way in its first year. It has already proved a big hit with people of all ages, inspiring us to get out and about to explore central Scotland and reconnecting people with nature. It also improves the environment for local communities and benefits businesses along the route.

“I’ve no doubt the John Muir Way will continue to develop over the coming years and that more and more people will enjoy and benefit from it in the future.”

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