Over £37,000 of path upgrade works to the Common Loan path in Auchterarder are complete and open for the public to enjoy.
The project along one of Auchterarder’s most scenic paths saw 360 m of path cleared and rebuilt, tree and hedge work, steps and handrail rebuilt, and the installation of a self-closing gate, a field gate, two benches, fencing above the burn, and signage.
Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT) Communities Officer Bid Strachan has now project managed over £260,000 of path upgrades in Auchterarder this year with £240,000 of additional works on the Provost Walk to get underway soon.
PKCT Manager Morag Watson said of the project: “The Common Loan path offers up one of the most spectacular views in Auchterarder, so upgrading it to be more accessible for local residents and visitors to enjoy has been exciting.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience in giving the new path a month to settle. Usage of the path just after works are completed could have damaged the new surface and invalidate all the hard work and financial cost put into it.
“In addition to path work, we had two benches were installed along the route so that the stunning panoramas can be fully enjoyed.”
The Common Loan upgrades were funded by the West Perthshire Recreational Facility.
Jane Courtney and Julia Howe, joint chairs of the Auchterarder Core Paths Working Group, said: “The volunteer Core Paths Group in Auchterarder will be maintaining all of the newly upgraded paths, including Common Loan, Johnny Mathews and Provost Walk. We welcome all local residents interested in lending a hand to join us.”
To get in touch with the Auchterarder Core Paths Working Group, visit their Facebook page at https://en-gb.facebook.com/auchterardercorepaths/