Resurfacing of Dunblane’s Historic Route welcomed by cyclists and walkers
Dunblane cyclists and walkers have welcomed the resurfacing of a short section of the National Cycle Network (NCN) 765 between Doune and Dunblane.
The works, which saw an existing farm track (the historic Old Doune Road) upgraded to a tarmacked surface, were carried out over February and March by Stirling Council, in partnership with Sustrans Scotland and Transport Scotland, and the local landowner.
Sustrans Scotland volunteer and local resident Bridget Clark said the community was delighted that the track had been upgraded to accommodate all abilities. She added: “The track is now perfect for commuting cyclists, school children, families, cycle tourists, walking groups and people using disability scooters to get out into the country with spectacular views over the Trossachs.
“People can then follow the NCN 765 signs down a path to cross the A820 and reach the popular old railway line into Doune.”
Leaders of the local health and buggy walking groups welcomed the upgrade and said, “We’re really pleased to add the route to our schedule, since it was too wet and muddy before, particularly for the mums and their prams and buggies”. Map maker Chris Beacock added: “It’s a fantastic cycle to my work in Doune.”
Local teacher Sharon Milne noted, “I feel so much safer than cycling amongst the fast traffic along the road”.
School cycle trainer Cameron McMillan added, “This route will be great for novice cyclists and families to explore and gain confidence in a quiet setting. We will be launching a new cycling group called DunblanebyCycle on May 7th at the Braeport Centre.”
“Yes and our updated Green Travel Maps will help people explore our local country and heritage” added Bridget. “This ancient route brought St Blane to Dunblane, drovers to the Falkirk Tryst, and the regent Murdoch Stewart who was captured here and beheaded by James 1st at Stirling Castle! “