Trailbuilders in the Carron Valley, near Stirling, are celebrating a £30,000
cash windfall to help build a mountain bike trail in the forest.
The Carron Valley Development Group (CVDG), have worked hard to raise the money through several local community funds – the Stirling Partnership for Urban
Regeneration, the Lanarkshire Key fund and Forestry Commission
Scotland – and hope to use some of it to complete a 5km section of purpose-built mtb trail in the valley.
If you’re wondering why the Carron Valley in particular has managed to attract such investment, then it’s got a lot to do with location. Situated as it is, within an hour of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth, the Carron Valley forest is within easy reach of areas with the poorest health records in Scotland. Both the CVDG and Forestry Scotland hope that trails in the area will help promote a more active lifestyle and will be working closely together to manage the investment.
The CVDG’s Chairman, Niall Thomson, commented, “This is brilliant news and a real reward for all the hard graft that
mountain bikers have been putting into the project over the past couple of
years. All the trailbuilders are volunteers so the cash boost is very
welcome and will go a long way to really get work moving.”