The landscape within which the Newtyle Path Network lies is an ancient one full of interest. Its hills and strath; its bealachs, burns and dens; its stone cottages and farmsteads; its drystone dykes and quick and ditch field boundaries; its woods, mires and fields; and its monuments and castles echo our past. It is a good environment and it’s our heritage. We enjoy walking through it and looking at it from afar and as we do so, we wonder why it was shaped the way it is.
Providence has so arranged it that the land is like a palimpsest, but one shaped by successive phases of human habitation and economic and climatic conditions. Each era scribing and moulding it anew but never quite obliterating what had gone before. It is hoped that the maps and booklets (see below) will help you navigate the paths and give you some insight into the rich heritage of our land.
“The land itself is a good land – some say the finest farming country in the world. And it, in its own way, has shaped the character and mould of the folk who have lived in it, calling it home, and worked out their tenure within its sun and cloud, rain and snow” – Colin Gibson Nature Diary, Gillian Zealand.
The Newtyle Path Network group has produced a set of informative leaflets describing a series of walks around the village. The leaflets are available from the village shop in North Street.
For £6.50 you can purchase a pack of four – The Den and Kinpurney Hill, The Two Villages, The Railway Path and the Bannatyne Path. With the purchase of the leaflets you will also receive a free booklet on the wildlife of the path network.
The Railway Loop Path leaflet is available for £2.
Thanks are due to John Crombie, Pat Robertson, Fred Conacher, Matilda Scharsach for their much valued input to the guide booklets and to Geoff and Elizabeth Miler, and Ann Buick for their meticulous proof reading.
Newtyle Path Network Download the KML file.