FIFTEEN years have passed since a new footpath network and map was launched in Helensburgh.

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A NEW footpath network and map was launched in Helensburgh last week.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park’s director of visitor and operational services, Dr Tim Edwards, launched the service at Duchess Woods beside Helensburgh Rugby Club last week.

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The map provides a comprehensive guide to footpaths and walks in and around the town and has been co-ordinated by Helensburgh and District Access Forum.

The nine walks range in length from 0.5 km around Garraway Glen to 14.4 km from Glenmallan to Luss, and there are detailed descriptions for each on the back of the map.

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The initiative seeks to capitalise on the town’s proximity to the national park and an increased trend towards walking holidays, and aims to strengthen Helensburgh as a Scottish tourist destination.

Access forum member Anne Urquhart said: “This is the first time there has been a map like this - we are hoping to encourage local people to get out and enjoy the paths and of course for tourists to explore it as well.”