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Dispute simmers over way forward

The John Muir Way - Pictured - Keith Geddes, Cameron McNeish and Ron McGraw at Linlithgow Palace. Pic by Stuart Nimmo Photography.

The John Muir Way - Pictured - Keith Geddes, Cameron McNeish and Ron McGraw at Linlithgow Palace. Pic by Stuart Nimmo Photography.

 

A row has broken out over the route of the new John Muir Way which bypasses the historic Royal Burgh of Linlithgow.

Guide book publishers, Rucksack Readers, and leading Scottish web guide authors, Undiscovered Scotland, have claimed that the original route, which directed travellers into the town centre was a much better route overall.

This would have ensured walkers and cyclists, not only saw the town’s historic features, but would have also supported traders in the Burgh.

Ron McCraw, for SNH, said: “The route was originally planned to pass through Linlithgow Bridge as it does now. West Lothian Council asked us to re-route it to bring more economic benefits for the town, which we did. How-
ever, concerns were then raised by the council’s roads department, so the route was changed back to the original.

The council said: “We did look at the option of a more direct route to the town centre by the Palace and Loch but it is not suitable for a variety of safety reasons.”

 

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