What is a Core Path?
A Core Path can be a remote and grassy path or black tarmac and urban. Not every path in East Dunbartonshire is adopted as a Core Path. Core Paths are well used, connect people to where they want to go and connect to each other. The Core Path network will form a strong skeleton of routes. Those paths not designated as Core Paths will flesh out this skeleton, completing the network and fulfilling important roles as local paths. Paths designated as Core Paths may eventually be formally mapped on the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer Map series as a dashed purple line. As with other Core Paths Plans across Scotland not every user will be able to use every Core Path. However, we will aim to ensure that the least restrictive boundary crossings and access points will be installed on our Core Paths. To help people navigate the network, Core Paths will be signposted and will be promoted.
Each path has been selected following careful public consultation and a consideration of the Core Path selection criteria. The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (sections 17 – 20) set out that each Local Authority must draw up a Core Paths Plan that “provides the basic framework of routes sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout their area. This basic framework of routes will link into and support wider paths.” The Council believes that this Core Paths Plan gives the people of East Dunbartonshire a path network that enhances the daily quality of life.
Access core path route maps using our online interactive mapping system.
You can view or download a copy of the Core Paths Plan from the attached documents section.