Buchlyvie Local Paths Group
Following the successful Countryside Action Day in October 2010, a group of villagers has decided to set up a Local Paths Group, whose job will be to inspect and maintain the Core Paths in the village and also to seek to create new paths. A grant of £780 has been awarded by the Paths For All Network, which was used to buy tools and insurance for group members. Anyone in the village can become a member of the group, provided they agree to become a path inspector, to walk the path allocated to him or her from time to time and report back on any problems with gates or overgrown grass, etc. They and others might then arrange a time when they could visit the problem and resolve it. Anyone interested in joining this group should contact its Chaiman - Bob Sparkes on 01360 850492 or by email at
People who had expressed an interest in the Group held a meeting on February 3, 2011 at Bob Sparkes' house. Saturday 12 February was selected for improving the path by the burn across Drying Green and Saturday February 19 was fixed as the date when the retaining wall by the burn would be rebuilt. On this day, Irwin Campbell intended to show people how to construct a drystrane dyke and anyone who wanted to learn how to do this was welcome to come along. However, the swollen state of the burn made this impossible, so it was decided to postpone this action day until April or May.
Another important task of the group was to be the improvement of the path between Culbowie Crescent and the Car Park behind the Rob Roy Inn, which used to get very muddy in wet weather. Now that permission to improve the path was obtained from Stirling Council and work started on Saturday 19 February. By lunchtime the work was almost completed, but for the fact that we had not ordered enough hard-core. Mor was ordered and on subsequent days, this was laid down and hammered into a flat surface. Residents can now access Culbowie Crescent without getting their shoes muddy!