The project was paused between April and the end of June 2020 as the project manager was furloughed.
The project is now back operating at full capacity and the length of the project will be extended to November 2021, to cover the time lost to furlough.
We regularly update this page as the project progresses. If you work for a partner organisation and would like more regular updates, please let us know and we will add you to our distribution list for regular email updates. We'll keep Ramblers Scotland members informed throughout the project.
If you have data which could contribute to the project across Scotland, we'd love to hear from you! Ideally, we will need data in a shapefile or other GIS format.
If you are a community group, please feel free to contact us to discuss ways in which we could potentially work together.
You can also receive our Mapping Scotland's Paths newsletter by emailing us.
Volunteering to assist with the Mapping Scotland’s Paths project will generally involve going out and about exploring your local area. You will be able to either gather information about paths which are in our network to make the data more robust and useful or capture new paths that have not previously been mapped.
We will be expanding the project and recruiting more volunteers at multiple points throughout 2021. The first of these will be in the spring, with a further expansion planned for the summer.
If you are interested in getting involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more information about the volunteering opportunity here.
Our project manager joined on a two-year contract in summer 2019. The first meeting of the Proof of Concept partners took place in early October 2019. The Proof of Concept dataset was completed by summer 2020, with the further roll-out across Scotland announced in August 2020.
Throughout 2021 we will be expanding our volunteer base to get more people involved in gathering data about their local path network.
With the extension due to furlough, the project is currently due to run until November 2021. The aim is for the project to continue beyond this date and work is underway to scope out Phase 2 of the project and to secure funding for this. We want to ensure a sustainable future for the database we’re creating.
The proof of concept area focussed on a section of the west of Scotland taking in North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and a part of Argyll & Bute. The area also contains a section of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park and Clyde Muirshiel regional park.
Everyone! Once it's complete, everyone will be able to freely access the dataset we produce. That means you can use it to find paths, create routes and promote walking opportunities within your area. We believe that providing people with better knowledge of paths in their area, we can help get more people active and improve the physical and mental health of the nation.
Yes, the network of paths created through this project will be publicly available and free for everyone to use. We hope that it will encourage more people to be active and enjoy Scotland’s landscapes and world-class access rights.