Make Your Way
Make Your Way is an active and sustainable travel focussed programme, enabling people to walk, wheel and cycle for everyday journeys in rural South Lanarkshire. Launching in 2016, Make Your Way has delivered 16 local active travel mapping initiatives, nine Sustainable Travel Action Plans, two Concept Designs and a Feasibility Study for rural active travel paths, a Feasibillity Study for Speed Reduction and Pedestrian Safety measures, plus the installation of benches, bike racks and a solar powered bin.
In 2022/23, Community Action Lanarkshire are progressing two Make Your Way projects.
Make Your Way: Blackwood, Boghead, Kirkmuirhill and Lesmahagow is funded by Paths For All Smarter Choices Smarter Places and is focussed on raising awareness of everyday sustainable travel options by a community sourced mapping process. The project will deliver sustainable travel maps and community mapboard, cycling sessions and active travel workshops in the five local Primary Schools, Community Cycling Days and associated activities. If you are interested in joining the quarterly Community Steering Groups, please contact
Make Your Way: Leadhills - Wanlockhead Active Travel Pathway is currently undergoing Stage 3 Detailed Design and Stage 4 Technical Design, funded by Sustrans Places for Everyone programme.
Connecting the two highest villages in Scotland, the 2.8km path will improve everyday walking, wheeling and cycling opportunities between the ex-leadmining communities, linking key community facilities including local businesses, Leadhills Primary School, satellite GP surgery, the community halls, the Museum of Leadmining and onward bus travel. It will provide accessible provision by foot and by wheel where there currently is none and forms part of the Southern Upland Way Link and Mennock Pass, popular with outdoor enthusiasts.
South Lanarkshire Council are co-ordinating proposals for speed reduction proposals and pedestrian / cyclist / accessible access within Leadhills village, creating safe access to the off-road route to the east of the B797. Project contractors Ironside Farrar are co-ordinating proposals for the off-road route into Wanlockhead which follows the existing path beside the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway. Proposals will follow Cycling By Design guidance.
The programme includes a package of Behaviour Change initiatives which will be delivered alongside and after the construction of the path, bespoke to the needs of the communities.
The project fits in with numerous national and local strategies concerning climate change, health and well-being, reducing inequalities, supporting sustainable economic growth and accessibility, including the national ambition that, "by 2030, Scotland's communities are shaped around people and place, enabling walking and cycling to be the most popular mode of travel for short, everyday journeys," (A Long Term Vision for Active Travel In Scotland 2030).
View the active travel maps and active travel resources for Abington, Carstairs Junction, Coalburn, Crawford and Elvanfoot, Crawfordjohn, Glespin, Douglas, Rigside and Douglas Water and Leadhills at www.makeyourwayclydesdale.com.
View the active travel maps for Carluke, Chatelherault Country Park, Glassford, Lanark, Larkhall and Stonehouse here.
View the Sustainable Travel Action Plans for Abington, Crawford and Elvanfoot, Crawfordjohn, Glespin, Douglas, Lamington, Leadhills, and Rigside and Douglas Water here.
View the Crawford and Elvanfoot Speed Reduction and Pedestrian Safety Feasibility Study here.
View the Glespin - Douglas Active Travel Pathway Feasibility Study here.
Contact the project team at