Core Paths Plan
Core Paths Plan
Core paths are paths, waterways or any other means of crossing land to facilitate, promote and manage the exercise of access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and are identified as such in access authority core paths plans.
This Act, supported by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, now gives the public significant rights of responsible access to the Scottish countryside. The code defines the responsibilities of the public and landowners in taking and providing for access for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and the disabled.
However, it is expected that the overwhelming majority of people will want to explore and appreciate the countryside by means of paths, ideally with signposts, way-markers and leaflets. The most important of these routes, particularly those in and around towns and villages, have been identified by West Lothian Council in the Draft Core Paths Plan and they will take priority for maintenance and improvement as well as being protected from development or closure. The council had a formal consultation on the draft plan in Spring 2008. This involved consultation with the people and communities of West Lothian as well as with the landowners and farmers whose land these routes will cross.
The council received 10 objections to the Draft Core Paths Plan (DCPP). These were considered by a reporter appointed by the Scottish Government who made his recommendations to the council in Autumn 2013. The council resolved to adopt the Core Path Plan on 17th December 2013. The final text is still under preparation but did not change radically from the Draft Documents below.
The complete plan would be a huge file and it is likely that someone using the webpage is interested in a particular part of the district or a specific path. For these reasons the plan has been split into 30 pdf files the bulk of which are the detailed maps and descriptions of each path in the Core Path Network. This includes two files for the SEA. Despite splitting the plan into these smaller files, it can still take some time to open an individual file.
The pdf files for the DCPP are as follows:
- DCPP 1 - Plan 1 [2Mb] The Core Paths Plan Map
- DCPP 2 - Written Statement: [3Mb] Introduction, Methodology, Candidate Core Path Criteria and Informal Consultations
- DCPP 3 - Plan 2 [2Mb] Response to Informal Consultations
- DCPP 4 - Plan 3 [167kb] The Core Path Diagram 2030
- DCPP 5 - Plan 4 [2Mb] Core Path Network
- DCPP 6 - Plan 5 [3Mb] Detailed Map Index
If you are looking for a particular area or path it is important that you study Plan 5 and read the supporting text to assist you in deciding which of files 7 to 24 are the ones you wish to view. Each Map is accompanied by a page of text. The paths which each map covers are detailed on the list below.
- DCPP 7 - Map A: [1Mb] WL1 National Cycle Path 75
- DCPP 8 - Map B: [1Mb] WL2a Union Canal Water Path and WL2b Union Canal Towpath
- DCPP 9 - Map C: [1Mb] WL34 Round the Forth Cycle Path (NCN 76)
- DCPP 10 - Map D: [1Mb] WL3 Linlithgow Loch Circular, WL7 Fisher's Brae and WL35 Linlithgow Loch to Union Canal
- DCPP 11 - Map E: [1Mb] WL4 Linlithgow to Beecraigs Link and WL5 Beecraigs East/West Path
- DCPP 12 - Map F: [1Mb] WL6 River Avon Heritage Trail
- DCPP 13 - Map G: [1000kb] WL11 Winchburgh to Kirkliston and WL12 Threemiletown and Old Philpstoun
- DCPP 14 - Map H: [1Mb] WL21 and WL22 Armadale Round Town Path
- DCPP 15 - Map I: [1Mb] WL20 Ballencrieff Toll and Balbardie Paths and WL26 Puir Wife's Brae
- DCPP 16 - Map J: [1Mb] WL23 Whitburn Tow Path and WL38 Blaeberry Circular
- DCPP 17 - Map K: [1Mb] WL19 East Whitburn to Stoneyburn, WL25 Whitrigg Circular and WL39 Stoneyburn to Loganlea
- DCPP 18 - Map L: [1Mb] WL16 West Calder to Polbeth and WL24 Fauldhouse Rail Path
- DCPP 19 - Map M: [1Mb] WL37 River Almond to Breich Water and WL40 Almond Valley Path
- DCPP 20 - Map N: [2Mb] WL8 Brox Burn Path and WL15 East Calder, Calderwood and Linhouse Path
- DCPP 21 - Map O: [2Mb] WL10 Bathgate to Newbridge Cycle Path
- DCPP 22 - Map P: [1Mb] WL9 Uphall Station to Roman Camp, WL17 and WL18 Uphall to East Calder
- DCPP 23 - Map Q: [2Mb] WL13 Linhouse Circular, WL14 Muiravonside Trail and WL27 River Almond Water Path
- DCPP 24 - Map R: [2Mb] WL31 Loan Path and WL32 Kilandean Path
- DCPP 25 - Map S: [2Mb] WL28 Nell Burn Path, WL29 Railway Path, WL30 Harrysmuir Path, WL31 Loan Path and WL33 Folly Burn Path
- DCPP 26 - Map T: [804kb] WL36 Dechmont Law Link
- DCPP 27 - Written Statement: [237kb] Objectives and Policies Next Steps, Glossary and Description of Photos
The Draft Core Paths Plan has been subjected to a Strategic Environmental Assessment. This is document is divided into two files.
There have been two informal rounds of public consultation on the actual plan of core paths proposed for West Lothian. This Draft Core Paths Plan (DCCP) sets down the methodology, criteria, objectives and policies whereby this council has produced and will deliver the plan and its Core Path Network. It also describes each of the candidate core paths and maps their routes.