There are major path upgrades being undertaken by Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust in Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park. Some 600m of path are being widened and tarmacked, making for a far-improved cycle connection between Gilmerton Dykes Street at the southern end and Gilmerton Dykes Crescent/Guardwell Glen at the northern end.
Some sections of this stretch were already surfaced, but were badly in need of repair, and other bits were just dirt tracks – they are all now being properly surfaced. Most of the core path is being widened to 2m, with improved access points where the path joins the road.
This, and other improvements such as an improved signalised crossing over Lasswade Road, efforts by the Friends of Burdiehouse Burn to open up entrances to the park by cutting back and clearing hedges, and safety improvements to neighbouring pathways by helping get new lights at the pathway beside Morrisons, means that gradually this is becoming a high-quality route across south east Edinburgh.
The path upgrades are funded by Transport Scotland as part of the Scottish Government’s investment in active travel.
These path upgrades are only a part of what is happening in the valley. The Friends of Burdiehouse Burn Valley park (who are now on Facebook) have been busy on a range of other projects, including a new willow weaving bank restoration and protection project carried out by volunteers.