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National walking and cycling network

What is it?

The National Walking and Cycling Network (NWCN) is an ambitious project to extend and improve Scotland's network of paths, trails and canals. By 2035 the existing network will have expanded from 6000 to 8000 miles, providing new opportunities for walking, cycling, horse-riding and canoeing.

We've produced a tube map  PDF document and a short animation below to illustrate, in schematic format, the vision to improve strategic paths provision in Scotland and create a better connected network.

Your views please!

We're keen to understand how the National Walking and Cycling Network is being used, how it could be improved and what benefits it provides. If you're a member of the public or a business operating near the NWCN, please tell us what you think by completing our public or business surveys by end March 2017.  It'll only take a few minutes of your time and your feedback will be valuable in helping us plan the on-going development of the network.


The development of a strategic network of well-maintained long-distance paths and trails through Scotland will enhance visitor and recreation experiences for all users, as well as supporting active travel and improving health and well-being.

Scottish Natural Heritage, along with Sustrans and Scottish Canals, are leading this project. Local authorities and regional transport partnerships are key partners in delivering the project.

We have produced a Project Plan  PDF document  setting out the project aims and vision, and outlining a programme of route implementation.

The NWCN builds on existing networks of paths and trails (Scotland's Great Trails , National Cycle Network external site , canal towpaths external site ), by closing key gaps, upgrading connecting routes, encouraging multi-use of paths and linking with public transport.

A Steering Group  PDF document , made up of representatives of the partner organisations, co-ordinate and monitor progress with the project.

You can find further information about this national development on the Scottish Government website external site .

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