Balerno Pentlands Access

ELGT was approached by the City of Edinburgh Council to conduct a feasibility study for an off-road path between Balerno and Threipmuir car park.  There is an identified need to create safe off-road access as an alternative to pedestrian use of the existing road between Balerno and Threipmuir.

During 2009/10, The Trust commissioned a study to investigate and identify alternative non-motorised routes between the village of Balerno and the popular Threipmuir Car Park, a major gateway to the Pentland Hills Country Park.

The formation of a suitable route will largely be dependent on the willingness of the landowners involved to accommodate the proposed routes and on the resources being available to implement the proposals.  The route has been divided into sections which provides scope for creating off-road solutions in a phased programme, with the most dangerous and problematic sections of the current route being given priority.

This project will primarily improved opportunities for health and wellbeing, by allowing safer access to the Pentlands, separating walkers and cyclists from other vehicles and encourageing more sustainable modes of transport

In 2010/11, the Trust will explore possible funding sources available to deliver the project.