Chapleton takes a walk on the wild side

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People looking for a new Sunday walk or amble with the dog are set to benefit from a range of new walking routes in the north-east.

The new routes have been mapped out by the community interest company behind Scotland’s largest planned new town, Chapelton.

Taking in the town’s surrounding countryside, The Chapelton Trail - the first iin a series of marked routes - spans more than two miles with a starting point in the centre of town.

Created by Chapelton Community Interest Company, in collaboration with the town’s residents, the trail offers walkers the chance to enjoy some of Aberdeenshire’s most scenic spots overlooking the North East coastline.

Caroline Fife, Director of Elsick Development Company, which is leading the Chapelton project, said: “With Chapelton set within one of the North East’s most attractive locations, we were keen to work with residents and local groups to map out a new walking route that could be enjoyed by all living in the area.

“Starting with a climb to the copse at the top of the hill, the route takes walkers down a track to the Duke’s Walk which is a rhododendron area planted by the third Duke and returns them to Hume Square via the Causey Mounth. The trail is suitable for all age groups.”

Elsick Development Company is committed to providing a large percentage of green space within the development. The trails provide further access to functional, outdoor recreational space in addition to public greens and a community forest.

Helen Young, Kincardine and Mearns Ranger at Aberdeenshire Council added: “It’s great to see such strong commitment from Elsick Development Company in ensuring that communities within Aberdeenshire have a range of outdoor locations that they can enjoy.

“The introduction of the trails will be of great benefit to many people living in the local area and I look forward to seeing the additions of running and cycling routes in the near future.”