The Inverclyde Ramblers have helped Inverclyde Council secure £375,000 from the Big Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund to develop a coastal trail from Wemyss Bay to Langbank as a heritage project.
Concerns over potential development along the Inverclyde coastline which could have blocked access for walkers led the Inverclyde Ramblers to recce a route for a 20-mile Inverclyde Coast Path, producing detailed directions and descriptions.
Keen to protect and promote the route, the Inverclyde Ramblers spoke to Inverclyde Council and identified an opportunity to help the council achieve its aim to develop heritage trails in the area by creating a long-distance coastal route.
With the help of the Inverclyde Ramblers the council submitted an application to the Coastal Communities Fund – designed to encourage the economic growth in coastal areas – and were successful in securing funding for a ‘Heritage Inverclyde’ project.
The project to deliver the Inverclyde Coast Path will increase the attractiveness of the coastline to visitors, developing the potential for tourism which in turn is hoped will help create more jobs in the area.
The success of the funding bid is a testament to the Inverclyde Ramblers’ dedication to the Inverclyde Coast Path and knowledge of the local area as well as their work to build a strong relationship with the council.
The Inverclyde Ramblers hope that the coast path might one day link with some of Scotland’s Great Trails, to the Ayrshire Coast Path at nearby Skelmorlie and through Renfrewshire to the West Highland Way and Forth & Clyde Towpath.