Free guided walks on offer

The cover of the new guide.A NEW guidebook is encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.Falkirk Council’s Ranger Service has produced the new booklet to promote a range of free guided walks and events throughout 2008, including several around Kinneil.

The Outdoor Events Diary is available from libraries and other council outlets, tourist offices, and online from the Council website at http://www.falkirk.gov.uk

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, the convener of environment and heritage at the Council, said: “There’s a packed programme of free events and activities to suit a wide range of tastes. If you want to find out more about local wildlife, history – or just keep fit – get the guide and book your places.”

Most of the walks and events last between one and three hours. Anyone interested is also urged to book places well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Councillor Mahoney added: “We hope this year’s programme encourages everybody to enjoy the local environment. For more information you can contact our Ranger Service on 01324 504950 or email: rangers@falkirk.gov.uk.”

Local events include:

. a walk along the River Avon Heritage Trail – from Avonbridge to
Linlithgow on Sunday, June 1;
. a train trip on the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and a “Wild Walk”
around Birkhill on July 20;
. getting up close and personal with mini beasts in Kinneil Estate,
Bo’ness, on July 23;
. guided walks during the Kinneil Heritage Fair on September 21;
. a guide around our native trees in Kinneil Estate on October 19; and
. a walk from Blackness Castle to Kinneil Foreshore on November 16.

Walkers are reminded to bring waterproof clothing, just in case of downpours. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The booklet has full details.

You can go directly to the guide online at http://tinyurl.com/47aycu