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The local community is to celebrate the official opening of the recently completed Blackness to Bo’ness section of the John Muir Way. 

Blackness Area Community Council and Carriden Church are arranging an event for Saturday 25th April when walkers can enjoy the new section of the 134 mile coast-to-coast route.

The lowland trail officially opened on 21st April 2014 and runs between Dunbar and Helensburgh, passing through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park - Scotland’s first National Park, reflecting John Muir’s own personal journey growing up in Scotland’s east coast town of Dunbar before travelling to the west coast, where he set sail for life in America. 

The Bo’ness to Blackness path project was one of the ongoing John Muir Way infrastructure projects designed to improve the route with around £650,000 being invested in a new foreshore path to Blackness Castle.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network, was the inspiration behind the trail and is delighted another section of the route has been completed.

“Just a year on from the opening of the John Muir Way it is great to see local communities taking ownership of parts of the route. I am sure that the improved path will attract many more local walkers, both young and old, eager to keep fit and at the same time learn about John Muir and his legacy.

“It is good to see that children from both Blackness and Grange Primary Schools are involved in the event as part of the reason for developing the route in Muir’s name was to inspire today’s youngsters to become involved in understanding and protecting nature”

Merv Archibald, convenor of Blackness Area Community Council, said: “I am delighted to be working along with my fellow community councillors, members of Carriden Church, Bo’net and the local Primary Schools on this fun event to celebrate the creation of this superb coastal path, linking our communities.”

The celebratory event will be held on Saturday 25th April and will leave Carriden Church in Bo’ness at 1pm with walkers expected to reach Blackness Castle at around 2pm/2.30pm when there will be a picnic.

For further information about the John Muir Way, please visit www.johnmuirway.org – a dedicated website on the 134 mile route with key information to help people plan their trip.  Features include an interactive map and section descriptions, nearby attractions, accommodation and food and drink providers, and details on accessibility.