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Local path networks

Using paths close to home for everyday errands can help us to live happier, healthier, greener and more active lives.

Walk, run or cycle - your local path network is ideal for regular errands and outings close to home. Local paths can take you to and from work or school, get you to your favourite activities and connect you with your friends – and all for free. At the same time, you’ll enjoy the benefits of spending time outdoors, including fresh air and exercise. 

You could even join a Health Walk in your area, as a sociable and fun way to be more active.

The main local routes for recreation and travel, known as core paths, are usually signposted.  Not all are on land, and they include some rivers or canals that are used for canoeing.

Map of core paths in Scotland

Core Paths in Scotland

Paths shown as blue lines, provided by SpatialHub, copyright: One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA))
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This map combines the core path plans that have been drawn up by all of Scotland's local authorities and National Park authorities. If needed, you can view core path maps in your area:

National Park core path maps:

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