20 SEPTEMBER 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 14005
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Perthshire’s newest all abilities trail, the Craigvinean Forest trail up to Pinecone Point, was road tested by the Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers last weekend (Sunday 19 September).
The trail - developed by Forestry Commission Scotland in partnership with Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust – is part of the ongoing £1.8 million Big Tree Country Heritage and Access Project that aims to help more people to visit and enjoy forests and woodlands.
The Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers aims to promote health and wellbeing through recreational and social activities by enabling people with disabilities to access the outdoors in a barrier-free environment.
The group’s members are all avid outdoors enthusiasts who regularly get out and about to enjoy some of the country’s finest parks, trails and rambling routes.
Jim Wyllie, who works with the group, said:
“We're always on the look out for new places to visit and new routes to try and this looked like it was going to be a great location for us. It’s a fair trek to Pinecone Point but this excellent all-abilities trail meant that all of our members could comfortably tackle the route.
“It’s a very relaxing and refreshing experience to visit a forest such as Craigvinean, but to have that capped with the stunning shelter and the spectacular views across the surrounding landscape make it one of the area’s best days out.”
Craigvinean has been popular since the time of the Victorians and is one of the key outdoor recreation locations in Perthshire. As well as being home to well established forest paths and the occasional folly, it’s also a great place for spotting wildlife with goshawks, capercaillie and red squirrels just some of the species to look out for.
Hamish Murray, for the Commission in Tay District said:
"An hour or two spent following a forest trail is a great way to get refreshed and revitalised - it can really make a long-lasting and positive difference to your health and wellbeing!
“We’re committed to helping as many people as possible experience Scotland’s national forests. Across the area there is a great network of trails that are perfect for people of all ages and levels of ability - and we’re quietly hopeful that the Forth & Tay Ramblers are going to give Craigvinean top marks!”
More information on Perthshire Big Tree Country is available at www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk
Notes to Editors
) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 667,000 hectare national forest estate. The Commission’s woodlands are making a difference to the well being of Scotland’s people and their communities. Local woodlands act as a catalyst for communities to meet up, get involved with projects and volunteering, or simply enjoy the many walking trails, bike rides and peace and quiet that forests and woodlands can offer. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2) Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust is a successful partnership delivering improved access across the whole of Perth and Kinross. It is supported by Perth & Kinross Council, Scottish Enterprise, SNH, FCS, VisitScotland and the Gannochy Trust.
3) For more information about the Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers, visit www.ftdr.com