New Walking Routes Map Unveiled

Date: 30th Jun 2022 Author: Chris Pinnell

This is yet again another fantastic Community collaboration that addresses the ongoing health, wellbeing and sustainable issues, through encouraging walking and running!

Aberdeenshire Council through their Transportation Department have initiatives across the area to create walking routes, to encourage exercise and enjoyment of the outdoors. This meant turning existing footpaths in Westhill into walkable mapped out routes that the people could follow.

Step up the wonderful Westhill and Elrick Community Council , who carried out a fabulous project creating the “Westhill Orbital Trail” (WOT) a 12.1 km ( 7.5mile) circular walk that goes right around the town that includes way markers along the to aid navigation. See westhill-orbital-trail-route-description.pdf (wordpress.com)http://wordpress.com

Still to come…
The 1st Westhill Scout Group have a plan to create a child friendly ‘Treasure hunt’ course within the Hays Way / Old Skene Road area, and received a grant from the People’s Postcode Lottery / Magic little grants for the animal branded markers. With the completion of the WOT a new phase of the project developed with the WECC and Aberdeenshire Council, with “SPOKE ROUTES” being mapped out to link the inner area of Westhill to the outer WOT. The aim is to encourage walking or running along spoke routes along a section of the WOT and back into town on a different Spoke. These routes are now shown on the large interpretive map installed at the Shopping Centre.

The Scout Group’s intention is to create these Treasure Hunt Routes within permanent “urban orienteering courses” around the town. We are now moving into the phase of installing markers on the new “Westhill Orbital Trail” (WOT) and on newly made marker posts with branded orange and white orienteering marker plates. (See pictures) The aim is to encourage more walking and exercise, by young and old, by families and by youth groups (like Cubs, Scouts, Guides, BB/GB and ATC) This will result in a range of routes and a range of difficulty for the users. Walkers should look out for these markers, and can download the walking routes map from the Aberdeenshire Council website see westhill_web_leaflet.pdf (aberdeenshire.gov.uk)

Picture Shows : Gordon Prentice ( on the right) from WECC and Chris Pinnell from the 1st Westhill Scout Group(on the left) inspecting the new map.

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