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Join one of our future walks

30th September 2022

Having collected a great deal of information already through online and offline events, the Active Communities: Badenoch and Strathspey project is now looking to visit a number of key sites with groups of local people. This project – part of a suite of transport projects covering different communities in the National Park – focuses on the villages Boat of Garten, Carrbridge, Dulnain Bridge, Nethy Bridge and Newtonmore and people living or working in those villages are invited to join their local Future Walk. They are planned as follows:

  • Carrbridge – Tuesday 4 October – 1pm
  • Nethy Bridge – Tuesday 4 October – 4pm
  • Boat of Garten – Wednesday 5 October – 1pm
  • Dulnain Bridge – Thursday 6 October – 1pm
  • Newtonmore – Thursday 6 October – 4pm

The Future Walks will provide an opportunity to discuss ideas on how selected locations could look in future, both short term and long term, and people’s input will help us understand existing issues in more detail. The Future Walks can be attended by anyone in the community, and we welcome people using a wheelchair and those with walking aids. We will focus on the built-up environment, and we will not venture out beyond the village boundaries. The walks are expected to last between 1 and 2 hours. People can of course leave early if they wish.

If you would like to join one of the Future Walks, find out more about them and sign up using this Future Walks Eventbrite page.


Would you like to take the kids to school in an e-cargo bike or commute to work on an e-bike?

We’d love to hear from everyone (you don’t need to have ridden an e-bike before) about where you might cycle or what you might use an e-bike for if you had access to one. As part of the Heritage Horizons: Cairngorms 2030 programme we are looking to develop a network of e-bikes across the Cairngorms National Park, and we need your help to tell us what you think this could look like. So, please tell us your thoughts by completing our e-bike survey here, the survey is open until 30 October.

‘E-bikes’ are power-assisted cycles that give you a boost as you pedal so you don’t have to work as hard, which opens a world of possibilities for leaving the car at home and using a e-bike instead where it might not have been practical to cycle before.  E-bikes come in all shapes and sizes: regular bikes (can also add a cargo or child trailer), e-trikes, folding e-bikes, e-cargo bikes (for carrying loads or fitted with child seats) and adaptive e-bikes for wheelchair users or those with mobility limitations.  They can enable you to cycle further, reach destinations faster, carry heavy loads (shopping or children), increase the ability to cycle e.g., if unfit or have long-term illness/injury and best of all, you can reduce your car use and carbon footprint.


Your thoughts on Active travel – have you left a comment on the map?

We’ve been asking for your thoughts about Active Travel and what a great response we’ve had! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far – over 250 people have left comments online and there has been a good turnout at the local community engagement sessions we’ve held so far.  There is still time to have your say – we are looking for your views on what is needed to make it easier and more enjoyable for everyone to get around the Park by walking, cycling, and using a wheelchair. Use this online map to tell us about active travel in your area, this map is open for comments until 30 October.


Contact the Transport team 

If you need to get in touch directly you are welcome to email the team on [email protected] or call 01479 873535.