Work on Brunstane Burn path ready for John Muir Way

Naturalist: John Muir. Picture: Complimentary

Naturalist: John Muir. Picture: Complimentary

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An overgrown path has being upgraded as part of the work on the new John Muir Way.

Work on the Brunstane Burn path has been completed in preparation for the official opening of Scotland’s newest long distance route on John Muir’s birthday in April 2014.

The John Muir Way will link Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar to Helensburgh via Scotland’s first National Park – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

The Brunstane Burn Path will be an important section of the route, running alongside a quiet burn, and linking Holyrood Park and Musselburgh.

It also improves the path connecting to Newhailes – an important National Trust for Scotland property.

Transport and environment chief Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “Brunstane Burn is a local beauty spot in the east of the city and is also popular with cyclists and walkers who will be following the John Muir Way, so ensuring that the path is safe and accessible is very important.

“The council’s Active Travel Action Plan seeks to encourage more residents to walk and cycle, more safely and more often.

“Projects like this one help to do just that.”

The John Muir Way has been designed to celebrate the life of the naturalist.

The 134 mile trail will allow walkers and cyclists to enjoy coastal scenery, wildlife sites, landscapes and historic visitor attractions.