ADT grant boosts choice of local routes for walkers

Walkers in and around Alyth can now access an even bigger choice of routes thanks to a new leaflet part-funded by a grant from Alyth Development Trust.

The Trust’s Community Projects Fund has awarded £2,000 to cover the design, print and distribution costs of a second leaflet and map for the Alyth Path Network.  The leaflet greatly expands the network of paths outlined in the group’s first leaflet, produced last year.  In total, 2,000 copies of the first leaflet have been printed and are available via local outlets and walking groups, where they are being eagerly snapped up by keen walkers.

The Alyth Path Network – a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining and promoting local country paths – believes that the second leaflet, entitled “WalkAlyth – Connecting Communities”, will bring even more visitors to the town as well as connecting them and local residents to neighbouring communities..

APN founder Ron McGill explains:  “Expanding our local walking opportunities brings great benefits for local businesses and the economy, as well as offering proven physical and mental health benefits for the local community and visitors.

“Walking is a lowcost activity and has a low impact on the environment, helping to tackle climate change.  Alyth is a very welcoming place with a rich history and wonderful rural environment, and its attractions are exemplified by the number of new housing developments taking place as well as major tourism investments such as the refurbished Alyth Hotel due to open next month.

“The routes we are promoting are all easily accessible by walkers of all abilities and are closely linked with local bus services.  We’re confident that this new leaflet will prove just as popular as the first, and we’re currently considering ideas for a weekend walking festival in Alyth to promote the network even further.”

As well as the printed leaflets, the entire Alyth Path Network is easily accessible online at https://alyth.online/walkalyth/.

ADT’s Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/.

Local footpaths promoted with new leaflets

Alyth’s wonderful network of paths connecting it to the beauties of the surrounding countryside is getting a welcome profile boost thanks to a grant from our Community Projects Fund.

The Fund has given £2000 to the WalkAlyth project to fund the design and production of a range of leaflets detailing individual walking routes along existing footpaths starting and finishing in Alyth.  The routes vary from one hour to four hours in length and the leaflets provide not only a route-map but also pictures and interesting information about things to see along the way.

The leaflets are available from the local library, local accommodation providers and businesses, and can also be downloaded from Alyth.Online so that ramblers can use them on their phones or other mobile devices.

Local artist and craftsman Ron McGill , who has done all the research and photography for the leaflets, commented:  “Alyth is a wonderful centre for exploring the amazing local countryside, flora and fauna.  Until now, there has been little information available to visitors and members of the local community who want to enjoy this unique environment. 

“Walking is an increasingly popular pastime, which has many benefits for physical and mental health. We hope that these leaflets promoting walking around Alyth will contribute to the wellbeing of local people and also help to increase the number of visitors to Alyth, with benefits for the local economy.”

Leaflets/maps of walking and cycling routes around Alyth were identified as a priority in the Alyth Community Action Plan 2021-26. 

ADT’s Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/.

Strathmore Cycle Network – leaflet and map now available

The map shows various routes between Alyth and Rattray, including the newly-built stretch of multi-user path (in red)

The three local development trusts creating the Strathmore Cycle Network have published a leaflet describing the first phase of the ?1.6-million project. The leaflet includes a specially-commissioned map showing the newly-built multi-user path opened late last year, together with the “green routes” – walking and cycling friendly country lanes – recently designated by Perth & Kinross Council. The leaflet also includes useful information about the Network and background on the organisations behind it. The leaflet is being made available in various locations around the district, or you can download a pdf from here. And find out more about the Strathmore Cycle Network on our Projects page.

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