The Peeblesshire Paths Group (PPG) is a new volunteer body formed to take over responsibility for the Peebles area of the Tweed Valley Railway Path (plus subsequent extensions to Eddleston and beyond.)
PPG is affiliated to the Peebles Community Trust (PCT) and has been awarded a capital grant from Sustrans to assist with equipment.
Cycle Law Scotland, along with other local sponsors, Peebles Cycling Club, Tweedside Garden Machinery and CCA Signs have provided finanical support to the group to enable the purchase of machinery and tools. These are being stored with the help of PCT. The group got together to erect new signage to encourage contact from potential volunteers.
The first section of the Tweed Valley Railway Path path was opened in 2013 and follows the old railway track bed linking the towns of Walkerburn, Innerleithen and Peebles, passing through the village of Cardrona. The path follows the picturesque River Tweed for much of the way and is almost entirely traffic free. A new section of the path opened in 2019 linking Walkerburn to Innerleithen. Planning permission and funding has been granted to create a new path from Peebles to Eddleston. The work is due to start in 2020 and it is anticipated that the PPG will also take responsibility of the maintenance of this path.
Scottish Borders Council have responsibility for the paths in conjunction with local volunteers who help to keep the pathways clear of litter, cut back vegetation and report any defects to Scottish Borders Council. The work is essential to help keep the pathways open and safe for use. PPG has a base of volunteers who undertake regular work sessions twice per month - we are always keen to recruit additional helpers. Tools, safety equipment and training are provided.
If you like the outdoors and want a bit of exercise plus the satisfaction and enjoyment of helping to maintain this picturesque pathway which makes a difference to your community, then PPG would love you to join them.
For more information please email Peebles Paths Group