Accessibility on the route
We aim to make the route as accessible to as many people as possible. Much of it follows smoothly surfaced paths – disused railways, canal towpaths and cycleways, but some sections are steeper, narrower and rougher and may present obstacles such as gates and steps, as well as busy road junctions. The braided sections for cyclists are generally flatter and smoother, offering greater accessibility. Our aim is to carry out a full accessibility audit along the route when funding allows, in order to present more detailed information on each route section. In the meantime, see the multi-use access map below, which covers many of the obstacles on the route.
Multi-Use Access Map
This 'story map' provides details and locations of features that may restrict multi-use access to the waymarked route. It follows a report originally produced by the British Horse Society (BHS) Scotland and although the focus is on horse riders, the information on potential barriers is relevant to a wide range of other users including cyclists, walkers with pushchairs, and people with mobility issues.
We're also in the process of looking at the route to see where there are sections that fit within the 'Easy' category as defined in the Path Managers Guide to Grading, developed by Paths for All, Forestry Commission and Scottish Natural Heritage in 2014.
For a path to be identified as easy it should:
- have a maximum gradient of 1:8 (or 12% or 7.1 degrees)
- have a generally smooth, firm surface, be well drained and maintained with minimal loose material
- have a minimum use of steps and be free of narrow gates or gaps
- have a mostly clear width of 1200mm with short sections down to 900mm width
- have a total distance of 5 miles / 8km (return route to start point)
Watch this space for further updates.
There are now sections that have been improved by having a couple of perch seats installed to give walkers a ‘breather’ before either retracing their steps or carrying on to extend their walk.
They're along the Strathblane section close to the track to Clachan of Campsie (grid reference NS 604786) as well as the section by Lennoxtown near the former hospital (NS 621784). The other location is near Bo’ness along the recently upgraded section from Blackness at the end of the new route by a ruined fisheries building and before entering the woods. This site has good views down the Firth. Grid reference NT 035806.