Walking to Health project walking group on their weekly walk at Ballater, Grampian ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

National Walking and Cycling Network

This ambitious project will grow Scotland’s network of paths, trails and canal towpaths from 6,000 to 8,000 kilometres by 2035.

Look out for new routes to walk, cycle, and ride near you as we extend and improve the National Walking and Cycling Network (NWCN).

The NWCN builds on existing path and trail networks such as Scotland’s Great Trails, the National Cycle Network and canal towpaths. Find out more at VisitScotland.com

The project will close key gaps, upgrade connecting routes, link to public transport and promote shared use of paths. Active travel and recreation will be easier and more accessible as a result – which means that we all win. It’s good for our health and well-being and for Scotland’s nature and landscapes. And as better routes attract more visitors and tourism, it’s good for local businesses and the wider economy too.

View the National Walking and Cycling Network – Scotland map of existing paths, trails and canals and proposed routes.

Watch the National Walking and Cycling Network animation – to see how the new and improved NWCN will benefit you:

The National Walking & Cycling network


This short animation showcases The National Walking & Cycling network. Look out for new routes to walk, cycle, and ride near you. www.nature.scot/NWCN and www.nature.scot/SGT
Credit: NatureScot

About the project

NatureScot, Sustrans and Scottish Canals lead the NWCN project. VisitScotland, local authorities and regional transport partnerships are key partners. Our project plan sets out the project aims and vision, and outlines a programme of route implementation.

Read the National Walking and Cycling Network – Project Plan

A steering group of representatives from the project partners, the Scottish Government, VisitScotland and others coordinates and monitors progress.

Find out more

Read more about the NWCN project in the:

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