VAT Pack powers on with trail

Finishing touches to a trail at the Vat Run at Queensferry
Finishing touches to a trail at the Vat Run at Queensferry

A dedicated trail for bike enthusiasts in Queensferry is beginning to take shape.

The VAT Run has been created on what was a former overgrown woodland area off Hopetoun Road.

In the past year, volunteers have put in more than 2300 hours of work to help prepare the site for use.

There are already several basic loop trails in place where bikers can travel up to one kilometre. The plan is to create even more throughout the summer.

Iwan Thomas, park ranger with Edinburgh City Council who oversees the VAT Run, said: “We are set to start our regular fortnightly volunteer sessions again but we are also looking for feedback, comments and suggestions from users on how well the trails ride, what works, what doesn’t work and what extra features are required. The more feedback we can gather, the better trails we can build.”

Grant aid has been sourced, with funding from Paths for All and Lloyds Bank Community Fund.

This funding has enabled the project to buy a leaf blower and strimmer, as well as other equipment.

And scrap metal recovered from the site at the start of the project has been sold to pay for refreshments and biscuits for volunteers.

The first Vat Pack work session takes place tomorrow (Saturday) from 1pm to 4pm, meeting at Port Edgar Marina.