3 August 2021.

Putting people in the picture with a series of dynamic videos being released which focus on the great outdoors in the local area.

The ‘Explore, Enjoy East Dunbartonshire’ short films train the spotlight on attractions and opportunities to get around actively – including walking, cycling, wheeling and more.

They are part of efforts to encourage more people to enjoy local tourism assets and to help guide improvements to the travel network.

The new videos tie in with the Council’s Active Travel Discussion – ongoing until 28 September 2021. There’s an interactive map on the website for people to have a say and add ideas – www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/active-travel-discussion – and further online discussion sessions are being held in August and September.

You can view the first two films – a teaser and a look at the Mugdock Explorer route – by visiting the Council’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/EastDunCouncil – or by checking out the Facebook (www.facebook.com/edunbartonshirecouncil) and Twitter (@EDCouncil) feeds.

Other videos will cover:

  • Bar Hill
  • Forth and Clyde Canal
  • Craigdhu Way
  • Strathkelvin Railway Path
  • Thomas Muir Heritage Trail
Mugdock Castle in Mugdock Country Park  for local adventure and active travel
Mugdock Castle in Mugdock Country Park

Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council, said, “These exciting new videos showcase some of East Dunbartonshire’s wonderful tourism assets – offering a fresh look at well-known places and highlighting hidden treasures. The aim is to inspire residents and visitors to explore more of the local area, as well as encouraging people to think about travelling actively.”

Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council, added, “From the West Highland Way and the magic of Mugdock to cycling trails and canal towpaths, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors right here on our doorstep – all of which help to support the local economy. If you get a chance, check out the films and also have your say on active travel – www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/active-travel-discussion

Active travel is making journeys by physically-active means – such as walking, cycling or wheeling (including travel by wheelchair).

Forth and Clyde Canal for local adventure and active travel
Forth and Clyde Canal

A draft Active Travel Strategy, including an action plan, will be produced once all evidence and views have been considered. A further period of consultation will then be held prior to the final strategy and action plan moving forward to the delivery stage.

Online discussion meetings were held in May and June, with more on the way – all on Saturdays (10-11am):

  • Bearsden and Milngavie – 21 August
  • Bishopbriggs, Torrance, Balmore and Bardowie – 28 August
  • Kirkintilloch, Lenzie, Waterside and Twechar – 4 September
  • Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Haughhead and Clachan of Campsie – 11 September.

Suggestions will be considered to gauge how deliverable/feasible they would be – balanced against how well they fit with delivering the objectives of the Local Transport Strategy 2020-2025.

For further information, visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/active-travel-discussion, e-mail cycling@eastdunbarton.gov.uk  or call the Land Planning Policy Team on 0300 1234510.

For more videos about the local area see Milngavie.co.uk/videos/