Paths and rights of access - maintenance

Countryside paths are prioritised for maintenance with core paths having the highest priority. From work carried out during our consultation for the Stirling Council Core Paths Plan, we found that most people wanted routes that were easy to use, signposted and could be walked as a minimum.

Countryside path maintenance is dealt with in various ways from our in house team or contractors carrying out works to volunteers looking after their local path network.

Safety issues

We aim to respond to safety issues as a priority when they are reported to us. Safety issues could include dangerous trees that have fallen across paths or paths that have collapsed.

General maintenance

We respond to the public when we hear that there is a problem on the network and work is carried out if necessary. This type of work is generally repair work where things such as gates have been broken.

We also clear vegetation along a number of core paths during the summer months.

Path improvement work

We want people to enjoy getting out into their local area and so we are always looking for possible projects where path improvement work could really make a difference to the community.

The adoption of the Stirling Council Core Paths Plan has resulted in us identifying paths that would benefit from signing to help people find out where their local paths are. We are also keen to remove barriers along paths, such as stiles, and replace them with either a gap or a gate where appropriate.

Adopt a Path scheme

We run an Adopt a Path scheme made up of volunteer path inspectors. The volunteers choose a path they would like to look after, inspect it once every three months and report back any problems they find. The work by the volunteers means we can act on problems as they come up. 

Report an access issue

If you have an access issue you would like to report, please contact the Access Officer.

We cover the Stirling Council area outside the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. For access matters within the National Park area, please contact the National Park directly.