Best foot forward for 2020 - take steps towards fitness and uncover hidden gems

Date: 

Tuesday, 14 January, 2020


People are being offered inspiration to banish the January blues and get active in 2020 while exploring East Dunbartonshire.

A new Walking & Cycling Map is available which includes 17 local routes of varying distances - most of them family friendly and using the off-road network.

The fold-out map, produced by the Council, also includes information on safety, cycle parking, local walking groups, top tips and the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Key buildings and places to visit are also highlighted – including Roman remains, Lenzie Moss, the Auld Wives’ Lifts and Mugdock Country Park.

To celebrate the launch of the new-look map, the Council recently joined forces with people who regularly enjoy local Health Walks, organised by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust.

Councillor Susan Murray, Vice Convener of Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, is pictured with walkers and representatives of the Council outside Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre, one of the local meeting points.

She said, "The map contains a treasure trove of information on local walking and cycling routes, places of interest and key locations.

"I hope people are inspired to try out some of the 17 featured routes, which use the National Cycle Network, off-road path network and quiet links.

"As well as excursions, the map makes it easier to plan everyday journeys – whether you’re travelling to work, shops, leisure centres, Community Hubs, libraries, cultural venues or accessing local facilities.

"The Council remains committed to helping the communities of East Dunbartonshire lead healthier and more active lives, increasing the number of people walking and cycling locally."

Copies of the map are available from Community Hubs, libraries, cycle shops, community centres and leisure centres, as well as Kirkintilloch Town Hall, Kilmardinny House, Auld Kirk Museum, Lillie Art Gallery, Twechar Healthy Living & Enterprise Centre, and Council offices at Southbank Marina and Broomhill.

Alternatively you can download a PDF from www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/healthyhabits

The Council has printed 6,000 copies of the new map, with support from the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme - tying in with the ongoing Healthy Habits campaign.

The next phase of the project will include accompanying signage along the local routes and 'interpretation boards' in certain locations.

For more information on the Health Walks - supported by Paths for All - visit www.edlc.co.uk/sport-leisure/health

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