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The new website, www.heritagepaths.co.uk , run by the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society (ScotWays) was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The Heritage Paths Project brings together carefully researched images, maps and information relating to the traditional routes and long distance paths used down the generations for journeys such as trade, pilgrimage, travel and burial customs.
Users now have the tools to find out about old paths all over
This online database should encourage people to get outdoors by putting these paths in their historic context and encouraging people to explore them for themselves.
Chairman of ScotWays George Menzies, said:
“ScotWays has been protecting and promoting paths for over 150 years and we are delighted to be able to pass on our knowledge of the paths’ histories in such an accessible way.”
The website also promotes access to the countryside to a wide range of users as well as walkers, such as bike riders, horse riders and motorised wheelchair users. SNH Chief Executive Ian Jardine said:
Attending the launch were pupils from Ceres Primary who walked back in time along the famous local path The Waterless Road, guided by professional school guides Forth Pilgrim who explained its fascinating history.
Heritage Paths Project Officer, Neil Ramsay demonstrated the depth of information available on the website database. He said:
“The website includes old paths and roads that were used for a wide variety of purposes. These include coffin roads used to take the dead to be buried in consecrated ground, Roman Roads built nearly 2000 years ago and the drove roads that saw hundreds of thousands of cattle walking from all parts of
A unique aspect to the website is that it combines the latest Google Maps technology with historic Bartholomew maps showing the paths in an easily accessible format. This combined feature was generously designed and created by the National Library of Scotland and shows detailed historic mapping with the modern road network overlaid.
The website already contains many historic paths, but Neil Ramsay is keen to keep adding to the project. He said:
“Ideally the resource should continue to grow and expand as people use it and contribute their own local knowledge and information about the old paths in their areas. There are also aspects of paths’ history that are undocumented and we’d like users to see the website as a dynamic resource that can be added to.”
“The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to have been able help fund this exciting new resource. Not only will people be encouraged to enjoy
So why not see for yourself? Visit www.heritagepaths.co.uk today!