In 2012 Community Greenspace installed a visitor counter in Comrie Woods, part of the Glen Lednock Circular Walk in Comrie.
The counter records every time someone walks over it and although it isn’t 100% accurate in giving an exact number of individuals using the route it certainly gives us an indication if it’s getting more or less use.
Community Greenspaces has a lease agreement for this path and carries out maintenance and inspections there at agreed frequencies; often volunteers are recruited to help with some of the essential maintenance tasks such as clearing drains and pruning back vegetation.
Walking is underrated as a form of exercise, but it’s suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active and healthy. Walking can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes, asthma, strokes and some cancers.
Studies carried out by the Ramblers conclude that walkers tend to linger longer and spend more money in local businesses. Walking and cycling routes give benefit to cost ratios of 20:1, compared to road and rail schemes’ typical 3:1 ratio.
For more information about starting out walking please visit http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/getting-started-guides/Pages/getting-started-walking.aspx
And for information on promoted paths in Perth and Kinross please visit http://www.pkc.gov.uk/paths
A fantastic information leaflet produced by Perth and Kinross Council about Glen Lednock Circular Walk can be downloaded here http://www.pkc.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=11018&p=0