Highland Perthshire’s new walking and cycling route, which will link communities up and down, is joining the Co-Op’s causes in Dunkeld.
Working with the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, the project is being supported by the Co-Op’s local community fund.
Andy Barrie, PKCT’s Strategic Routes Officer, who is leading the development of the River Tay Way, said: “Access to open spaces continues to be extremely important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We want to encourage greater use of the countryside for mental and physical health and wellbeing.
“The River Tay Way offers visitors a way to explore to some of Perthshire’s most spectacular sites; it links communities between Kenmore at Loch Tay all the way to Perth; and is creating new and improved cycling infrastructure that will provide better active travel opportunities for work or leisure.”
The cycling route follows NCN 77 through the grounds of Dunkeld House Hotel; the walking route follows core paths from Griffin Forest to the Hermitage and on past Birnam Hill.
Developing the route involves promoting activities along the way, improving signage, and creating attractive advertising such as leaflets and a website to draw in visitors for when restrictions ease.
Mr Barrie added: “The project ultimately aims to help improve the health of users, create sustainable community links, and will develop tourism income when restrictions are lifted.”
Dunkeld Co-op members buying Co-op branded products support all three ongoing community causes, including the River Tay Way, and can choose to specifically support one, by going online to www.coop.co.uk/membership.
Find out more about the River Tay Way’ Co-op cause by visiting https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/54370.