July 1, 2011 - September 30, 2011

John Muir Way Route Consolidation

East Lothian
Recreation & Active Travel, Water Environment
CSGN Development Fund
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Lead Partners:
East Lothian Council


The John Muir Way honours the life and work of the 19th Century naturalist, John Muir, who was born in Dunbar in 1838. Stretching south from Musselburgh to the East Lothian border near Cocksburnpath, the route links several towns and villages along the East Lothian coastline, and offers a variety of scenery from sandy beaches to coastal cliff tops.

Project background

In 2010, part of the John Muir Way at Prestonpans was damaged as a result of heavy flooding.

How the project was delivered

In 2011, East Lothian Council used a CSGN Development Fund grant to resurface and reinforce 47 metres of the John Muir Way running through Prestonpans. The aim of the project was to repair the damage incurred during the floods in 2010 and to protect the route from any future flooding episodes.

Project outcomes

This project helped to maintain the connections between the coastal communities of East Lothian. Works to improve the path enabled access for all abilities, encouraging the continued use of the path for recreation and active travel.

CSGN Support and Learning

This projected received funding as part of the 2011 CSGN Development Fund and supports the theme of recreation and active travel.

Future development of project

To mark the centenary of the death of John Muir, the existing John Muir Way is being incorporated into a larger 169km John Muir Way, which will be officially opened in April 2014. Stretching from John Muir's birthplace in Dunbar to the waters of the Clyde at Helensburgh, this trail will provide a memorable walking experience for both local people and overseas visitors.

Funding Details:

Year Fund Value
2011 CSGN Development Fund 5,000

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