Stepping out to celebrate foreshore path project

Blackness Castle and John Muir Way
Blackness Castle and John Muir Way

The community is to celebrate the official opening of the recently completed Blackness to Bo’ness section of the John Muir Way.

Blackness Community Council and Carriden Church have arranged an event for Saturday, April 25, when walkers can enjoy the new section of the 134 mile coast-to-coast route.

The trail officially opened on April 21, 2014, and runs between Dunbar and Helensburgh reflecting John Muir’s journey - growing up in Scotland’s east coast town of Dunbar before travelling to the west coast, where he set sail for America.

The Bo’ness to Blackness path project was designed to improve the route with around £650,000 invested in a new foreshore path to Blackness Castle.

Keith Geddes, chairman of Central Scotland Green Network is delighted another section of the route has beencompleted saying: “It is great to see communities taking ownership of the route. I am sure the improved path will attract many walkers eager to keep fit and at the same time learn about John Muir and his legacy.

“It is good to see that children from Blackness and Grange Primary Schools are involved as part of the reason for developing the route in Muir’s name was to inspire youngsters to become involved in understanding and protecting nature.”

Merv Archibald, convenor of Blackness Community Council, said: “I am delighted to be working along with my fellow community councillors, Carriden Church, Bo’net and local primary schools on this event to celebrate the creation of this superb path.’’

The walkers will leave Carriden Church at 1pm reaching Blackness Castle around 2pm.