The Land Reform establishes a right of responsible, non-motorised access to most land and inland water in Scotland, and also requires land managers to respect access rights. Although there is now a right of responsible access to much of the outdoors, many people prefer to use paths. Clearly defined paths are important, not only for recreation, but also for commuting and to help land managers manage access on their land.
For a number of years, East Lothian Council has been working with local communities and landowners to develop community path networks around many towns and villages in East Lothian. The Core Paths Plan has been prepared though an extended period of consultation which has provided an excellent opportunity to consult with local communities, path users and land managers.
East Lothian's Core Paths Plan details over 325 kilometres of routes offering great access to a variety of landscapes and scenery, as well as 25 kilometres of aspirational routs which will be delivered in the future to further improve East Lothian's path network.
The Land Reform Act placed various new duties on local authorities, one of which was to draw up a plan for a system of paths sufficient for the purpose of giving the public reasonable access throughout their area, these paths are known as core paths.