Walkers are being encouraged to explore the John Muir Way this April with a 12 mile round-trip walk between two historic buildings.
The Friends of Kinneil charity is leading a walk from historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness to imposing Blackness Castle (and back).
The trek – six miles each way – will leave from outside Kinneil Museum (beside Kinneil House) at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. (The museum will be open from 12.30 p.m.)
A spokesperson said: “The event has been organised to mark John Muir Day – with celebrations running across Scotland over a week from April 16-24.
“This is a great opportunity to explore a fantastic part of the John Muir Way. We’ll leave Kinneil around 1.30 p.m. and then walk along the route through Kinneil Nature Reserve, and then past the historic Bo’ness Harbour.
“We’ll continue along new paths at Bridgeness to the beach at Carriden, through the woodland and onto the new John Muir Way path leading to Blackness. It’s about six miles and should take two hours or so.
“After a stop at Blackness Castle for food and toilets, we’ll then walk back to Bo’ness, back along the same route. The whole walk should take around 4-5 hours in total. Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and take a drink and snack with them.
“Children are welcome but should be accompanied by an adult.
“There’s no need to book your place, just turn up. Join us for all of the walk, or part of it.”
For directions to Kinneil Museum, use the postcode EH51 0PR. Map: http://j.mp/1RXF9rM
** Walkers wanting a shorter walk can join the trek from just off Boundary Street, Bo’ness. The grey Community Safety Cabin (at the end of the street) will be open offering walkers refreshments and toilets. If you want to join the walk from Boundary Street, be at the Cabin (highlighted with a blue marker) for between 2 p.m. and 2.15 on April 16 p.m. to make sure you don’t miss the first walkers! This works out at roughtly 4 miles each way (Boundary Street to Blackness).
The postcode for Boundary Street is EH51 9NR. Map: http://j.mp/1RXF4Em
** For more details, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01506 823714
Other events are being held around the country to celebrate John Muir. See the SNH website for details: http://j.mp/jmw-celebrations