A WALKING charity is urging outdoor enthusiasts to help record previously-hidden trails in lesser-mapped areas, such as the Wee County.

Ramblers Scotland has been working to put together its online Scottish Paths Map with the help of volunteers and is looking to encourage more people to join the effort.

Heath Brown, community engagement officer at Ramblers Scotland, said: “Our Scottish Paths Map includes tens of thousands of miles of paths – from traffic-free city routes to relaxing loch-side trails.

“Many are ‘hidden’ trails not previously been shown by Ordnance Survey.

“While it’s the best-ever map of Scotland’s paths, we need communities to check their paths, to work to improve local routes so everyone in the local community has somewhere to walk.

“That includes here in Clackmannanshire where our coverage can definitely still be improved so that more people can enjoy walks from their doorsteps.

“It’s easy and fun to record trails using our simple app. Every time a volunteer audits or adds a path to the map, it makes it easier for people in Clackmannanshire to get healthy and active on foot.”

As of August last year, 42,000 miles of paths have been recorded.

There are numerous trails on the map in the Wee County, but many have not yet been audited for additional information, such as surface conditions, obstacles, access issues or signage.

Short and free online training is on offer to mapping volunteers.

Heath added: “Better mapping of the paths in Clackmannanshire can help give more people here the confidence and knowledge to get outdoors.

“We have a good number of path audits in some areas such as around Menstrie, but we could do with more including near Dollar, Alva, Tullibody, Kincardine, Alloa and in the Ochil Hills.

“I’d urge all keen walkers in the area to consider volunteering.

“Whether you just check one trail, or add dozens of hidden paths, you’ll be leaving a lasting legacy that supports walking in Clackmannanshire.”

Users of the map are being urged to exercise caution and remember the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, particularly as path assessments will always be subjective.

Visit ramblers.org.uk/scottishpathsmap for the map and to volunteer.