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People's Award - Transport Planning Day - Nov. 2018

Congratulations to the St Fillan's Community Trust and everyone associated with the Loch Earn Railway Path on the news that the project has received recognition as ‘Highly Commended’ in the People's Award at the annual Transport Planning Day, hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in London.
Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP for the Perthshire South & Kinross-shire constituency and member of the Three Saints Way Steering Group said:
“The Loch Earn Railway Path is a link between Comrie and St Fillan's which provides locals and visitors alike a safe, off-road option to travel actively between the villages, without having to use the trunk road.
“The path follows the route of an old railway line and I was pleased to be present some time ago at the official opening of the key engineering part of the route – the restoration of a missing link, a new bridge over the Tarkan Burn.
“This accolade is well-deserved recognition for all the work that has been done on the path. I congratulate St Fillan's Community Trust and everyone involved in putting such a huge amount of effort into the three phases of the project that have been completed to date and I look forward to seeing further stages coming to fruition".

Guided Walk Photos and report - Wednesday 15th August 2018

Abernethy Market Cross

Vantage point from the Ochil Hills looking NW over the Tay

Lunch stop at Macduff's Cross

A total of 22 walkers took part in the walk from Abernethy to Newburgh and Lindores Abbey. This included the group leader, John Andrews (members of the Three Saints Way Steering Group), and walkers from as far afield as the Scottish Borders, various locations in Perthshire and some locals from Abernethy and Newburgh.
Although there were a few showers this was mainly a dry day's walk with some great views from the hills above Abernethy and Newburgh.
The guided walk was part of the Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum programme of guided walks on SPRF's developing pilgrim routes and there was a very clear interest in there being future such event both on other parts of the Three Saints Way as well as on other walking routes.

Guided Walk - Wednesday 15th August 2018

The Three Saints Way Steering Group will be leading a guided walk open to all interested walkers/pilgrims between Abernethy and Newburgh. This is a 6.5 mile / 10 Km walk starting via the Hill of Gattaway to Seven Gates then passing by the Lochmill Loch (photo on right) before a descent via Easter Clunie into Newburgh. It involves a total ascent of approx. 300 metres.
For those wishing to continue beyond the west end or centre of Newburgh the route will then use the Fife Coastal Path for the final ½ mile section to end at Lindores Abbey.
For anyone interested please click on this link and download a full description and instruction regarding timing and suggestions on travel arrangements.

Strathearn Pilgrimage - "A bank holiday treat"

Starting on Friday 4th May and ending Monday 7th May there is the opportunity to join in on a walk "Along the Three Saints Way from Crieff to Killin".
This is the third year that Paddy Allen along with the support of Ken Heiser have run this Strathearn Pilgrimage and all are welcome to join in be it for the full event or only certain of the days.
To find out more about the event and how to register simply click on this link and download the promotional details.

Muckmedden Mountain Bike Festival

Over the summer there has been the opportunity to promote the Three Saints Way at various events. Sheena Cleland had a great day promoting the Three Saints Way at the Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival. Thanks to Roger Howison of Parkhill Farm for the invitation, and to our friends at the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust for letting me shelter in their tent! It was a bit blowy but the scenery was stunning.
Lets hope that by these promotions we encourage more people to walk the Way.

Funded consultancy to scope possible walking routes

Over the winter period Andrew Donaldson of Comrie Croft and John Henderson of Walking Support have been undertaking funded research and scoping work for SNH to determine the most likely routes on the Three Saints Way between Crieff and Newburgh.

The funding forms part of a restricted fund held within SPRF for the sole use of the Three Saints Way Steering Group. On completion of the field work Andrew and John reported back to the Steering Group with their recommendations on the most desirable walking routes.

The group attending are shown outside the Abernethy Museum following what was a very interesting and successful meeting.

The next stage in this work is for the two outdoor consultants to write up a report for Scottish Natural Heritage and to then present their recommendations to SNH and interested authorities. It is then the hope that pregress can be made in establishing the required approvals and funding to set up this section of the Three Saints Way, this being a integral piece of the much larger Cross Scotland Walking Route from Iona to St Andrews.

Fife Coast & Countryside Trust support

The proposed line of the Three Saints Way once it reaches Newburgh is to have it following the North West section of the Fife Coastal Path running from Newburgh via Newport on Tay to Leuchars and then into St Andrews.
This is a very interesting and enjoyable part of the extended Fife Coastal Path and takes in Lindores Abbey, Norman's Law, Balmerino Abbey, Newport on Tay, Tayport, Tentsmuir Forerst with the Ice house, Leuchars Norman Church and then ending at Martyr's monument and St Andrew's Cathedral. This is a total of 36 miles.

With this desire the steering group approached the Chief Executive of FCCT and have been delighted to receive back a letter of support for our plans to use this section as the defined route for the Three Saints Way.

"I am delighted to hear that your route is progressing. I see real merit in it joining the Fife Coastal Path at Newburgh and using the path to St Andrews. ..... As this is maintained by us at present, I don't foresee any difficulties in doing this."

"We would be happy to hold and distribute leaflets for your route .... and we would also be willing to give support and advice where possible at your steering group meetings."
Amanda McFarlane - Chief Executive

Rambler's Conference and AGM - Dundee

The Scottish Ramblers extended an invitation to the Steering Group to exhibit at the annual conference held at Dundee University on Saturday 7th March 15. John Henderson represented the steering group at this event.
Although not taking part in the conference activities the stand was open for delegates to view and discuss the Three Saints Way developments over the coffee and lunchtime breaks. The stand was always busy and it can be reported that as well as a lot of flyers and information being picked up there was also contact with several Ramblers local to the line of the route. Most of them asked that we made further contact with them and we hope they will engage further with us as we develop the final line of the walk in certain of the more difficult sections.
Below are images of the stand and of the conference exhibition and refreshment area.

Credit must be passed to Walking Support who has provided the following images.

Route validation - St Fillans to Crieff

Between Christmas and New Year a group of about 20 walkers took part in a test walk on the section of the Three saints Way between St Fillans and Crieff.
This was undertaken on a crisp and bright day (29/12/14) as can be seen from the photographs below.
The group included some younger persons, enjoying their school holidays and one walker who had travelled from Broughty Ferry to take part in the test walk. Not all of the group made the journey all the way to Crieff, some of the party stopped in Comrie and a few more at Trowan leaving 3 to complete the full distance.
The total distance of this section is approximately 12 miles with Comrie being around the mid point and Trowan a further 3 miles further east.

Credit must be passed to Felicity Martin who has provided the following images.

Three Saints Way steering group joins SPRF

At a recent meeting of the steering group it was agreed that the already close relationship between the group and SPRF (Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum) would be further developed through membership of SPRF.
For information on the aims, objectives and work of SPRF click on this LINK.

Spirit of access laws must be respected

An interesting article on access laws and path development has been published by the Scotsman Newspaper. The article written by Helen Todd (Campaigns and Policy Manager - Ramblers Scotland) specifically mentions to the work of the Three Saints Way group and makes a plee for faster and easier agreements so as to facilitate more walking route developments.
The link to the article is

Route validation - Crieff to Dunning

On a bright day at the end of July seven from the route steering group along with two dogs set off from Crieff to explore a likely route between Crieff and Dunning. This route making use of sections of core path by the River Earn and along a part of the Roman road as the route headed towards Gask.
This was a very worthwhile walk as it identified some sections where the path might be improved and where simply by walkers making use of the path and some strimming it would become an easy route.
Below are some images from the days walk starting out from Stuart Crystal at Crieff and ending with the River Earn close to the A9 just north of Dunning.

Comrie Fortnight - Guided Walks

During the Comrie Fortnight there are to be two guided walks that will include elements of the Three saints Way. These walks are open to the general public and places on the guided walk require to be booked. Below are the details.
    SUNDAY 3rd AUGUST. Depart 9.00am Comrie Primary School Car Park.

    The Chairman of the Strathearn Ramblers, Ken Heiser, invites you to accompany him on an interesting elevated circular walk from St.Fillans (Four Seasons Hotel) via Glen Tarken and Glen Beich returning along the disused railway line back to St. Fillans. The walk is approximately 13 miles in length and the CoCo Bus is taking us to the start at the Four Seasons Hotel, St.Fillans.

    The route takes us on a gradual ascent up to Glen Tarken with special features such as the ruined townships of Morell and Jerusalem. The way continues on a good track up Glen Tarken to Glen Beich. There is some rough walking down Glen Beich before we pick up a path towards Loch Earn.

    We will return to St.Fillans via the disused railway that runs above the loch. At Glentarken Burn we will cross the new "Bailey" bridge opened on the 9th of May this year. The bridge spans 100 feet with a 130ft drop, truly a magnificent challenge which we hope will have enormous benefits. It will offer the opportunity to connect with the National Cycle Network and create a viable east/west long distance path coast to coast from Iona to St.Andrews (Three Saints Way).

    Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and drinks (non alcoholic). The walk is strictly limited to 30 participants and the CoCo Bus only takes 16 passengers, so first come first served. Cars will be required if this number is exceeded, and cars will be left in St.Fillans. Names must be given to the Booking Office by 4pm Saturday 2nd August. Good stout footwear, fleece and waterproofs should be worn. For further information please contact Ken Heiser on 01764 670545.

    Children over 8 and under 16 years welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or Guardian who will be responsible for the child throughout the duration of the walk. Anyone taking part on this walk do so at their own risk and the "Strathearn Ramblers" and "Comrie Fortnight Association" will not be liable for any injury or accident.

    TUESDAY 5th AUGUST. Depart 10.00am Comrie Primary School Car Park

    The Vice Chairman of the Strathearn Ramblers, Felicity Martin, invites you to accompany her on a stroll through the heart of Strathearn. The linear walk will follow the shortest and flattest route between the Crieff and Comrie, using core paths along Lady Mary’s Walk and the disused railway line from Trowan to Comrie.

    The walk is about 7 miles in length and there are no hills to climb. It is on tracks and paths that are muddy and uneven in places, so wear suitable clothing and footwear. Please bring waterproofs, a packed lunch, snacks and drinks (non alcoholic).

    We will use the Community bus, which takes 16 passengers, to reach the start. Cars will be required if this number is exceeded, with vehicles being left at Taylor car park, Crieff and drivers taken back to collect their cars at the end of the walk. Please state at time of booking if you are able to offer transport. Names must be given to the Booking Office by 4pm Monday 4th August. For further information please contact Felicity Martin on 01764 670987.

    Children over 8 and under 16 years welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or Guardian who will be responsible for the child throughout the duration of the walk. Anyone taking part on this walk do so at their own risk and the "Strathearn Ramblers" and "Comrie Fortnight Association" will not be liable for any injury or accident.

Information Stand at the Comrie Fortnight

Below are a set of images taken from the Three Saints Way stand which was manned by Felicity Martin and Andrew Thompson.

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