National Path Demonstration Sites

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Map of Scotland Link to Battleby Page Link to Oatridge College Page

There are many different materials and techniques you can use to build and maintain paths. The best way to understand them, is to see how they work on the ground. Paths for All has developed two National Path Demonstration Sites, funded and supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, West Lothian Council and Oatridge College, where you can see the results of typical path construction materials and techniques, then go and try them out yourself. They are real paths, well used by walkers and riders, so you can check out how they are standing up to the rough and tumble of everyday life.

The demonstration paths are at Oatridge College, near Linlithgow, and Scottish Natural Heritage's Conference Centre at Battleby, near Perth. The two sites were chosen to reflect typical path construction projects - as well as some more tricky challenges!

Click the highlighted place names above or the red flags on the map to see the demonstration paths. You can also use the place names in the menu to the left of the screen.

Both demonstration paths are open at any time and each has a downloadable guidebook that will tell you about the path features along the way. You can also explore the demonstration paths with interactive maps on this website, where you will find more detailed technical information.

If you would like a guided visit to either of the path demonstration sites, so you can discuss the paths in depth, contact our Technical Officer.

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