Family-friendly Woodland Path Upgrade Complete after £30k Boost
More than £30,000 has been invested in a much needed footpath improvement in Scotland’s first National Park, allowing families and other walkers to safely explore the Whinney Hill Woods above Balloch Country Park where they can enjoy stunning views of Loch Lomond.
The funding for the improvements came from The Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for the National Park, the local tourism organisation, Love Loch Lomond, the local destination organisation and The Woodland Trust, the charitable body which manages the Whinney Hill Woods on a long-term lease.
Friends Vice-Chairman John Urquhart said: “This is the culmination of many years of effort by the Woodland Trust to improve access to these woods which previously consisted of a mainly unmade “trod” which had got into a real mess as increasing numbers of walkers sought to avoid wet sections. It is fantastic that folk can now enjoy this improved facility which offers an excellent walking experience so close to Balloch which is the premier gateway to Scotland’s first National Park.’’
John added: “This upgraded path is a welcome addition to the range of family friendly paths for visitors and locals in the Balloch area which is an important southern gateway to the National Park It is essential that visitors arriving at Balloch have a top quality experience as they set out to explore the National Park and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and we are delighted that our contribution has helped the Woodland Trust deliver on these aims.”
Karen Donnelly, Destination Manager of Love Loch Lomond, added: “It is great to see the repairs on the Whinney Hill footpath finally completed after a long process which has borne fruit in the end, thanks to the tenacity of the Woodland Trust to see it through. It has been a team effort by everybody involved, from a practical and financial point of view, and we hope that the newly-repaired facility will be enjoyed by many visitors to Loch Lomond.”
Sarah Brown, Funded Projects Officer at the Woodland Trust, said: “This marks the completion of an intensive programme of work which could not have been carried out without the support of these two organisations. We are extremely grateful to the Friends and to Love Loch Lomond for their funding support in delivering a path improvement scheme that I am sure will prove popular with visitors and locals.”
*Header photo shows improved Whinney Hill path.