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The launch of the footpaths booklets
The launch of the footpaths booklets
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It’s more than 700-years-old and will act as a beacon for walkers setting out to tackle a network of countryside footpaths that are being promoted as part of a council-backed initiative.

The Spanish chestnut tree, situated in what was once the estate of Herbertshire Castle, is one of a number of local landmarks that are featured in a new series of information booklets entitled ‘Walk, Ride and Cycle’ aiming to highlight the district’s rich open spaces.

The ancient tree is included in the booklet covering footpaths in and around Denny, which was launched last week. An edition profiling the historic parish of Airth has also been produced.

Each is packed with fascinating insights into the local landscape and the many incredible features they contain, such as the medieval Torwood Castle near Larbert and the site of King James IV’s former royal dockyard on the banks of the Forth.

The booklets have been produced in association with local groups including the Community Green Initiative and Falkirk Council’s outdoor access ranger service.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s leisure and tourism convener said: “These guides are available free from libraries and council offices. They’re beautifully illustrated and packed with great walks and historical facts - get one while you can.

“You can also download guides to your computer or tablet device by clicking on The Airth guide will be available online soon.”

Each leaflet has seven or more suggested walks, places of interest and some history about the area.

There are walks for all ages and abilities with many of the paths linked up to give a range of circular walks of varying length. They aim to show communities the wide range of countryside walks that are available on their own doorstep to enjoy.

The new updated leaflets are easier to use and provide much more detailed information than previous editions.

It is hoped that eventually there will be a booklet produced for every district in Falkirk Council area.