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Local path networks and core paths

Enjoy the benefits of your local path network for fresh air and exercise, getting to and from work or school, seeing the countryside, spending time with friends and all for free. Whether walking, running, cycling or horse riding, you'll find paths nearby that you can use.

Joining others on a health walk external site   is a sociable and fun way to get into the habit of regular exercise. Using paths close to home really can help us live happier, healthier, greener and more active lives.

Core paths

Within that wider path network, 'core paths' are the basic framework of key routes that provide for the main needs of users.  Under the Scottish access legislation, each access authority (local authority and national park authority) has a duty to draw up a plan of core paths in their area, after consulting with local communities, land managers and path users. These core paths will be signposted and are likely to be the most popular paths. Maps of the designated core paths are provided in the list below. Check the authority's website or contact your Access Officer external site for more information.

National Park core paths

Further afield

While local paths maybe ideal for everyday needs, there are also hill tracks and rights of way and Scotland's Great Trails for those who want to explore further.

Also take a look at our 'Explore for a Day' guides for ideas of inspiring places to visit to enjoy nature, landscapes and history around Scotland.

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