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Falkirk has been shortlisted as a finalist of Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood Award 2019.

The award is organised by the Ramblers, Britain’s national walking charity, and showcases the best of Britain’s walking routes.

Paths and walkways in the Falkirk area have seen major improvements and enhancements following extensive regeneration in recent years. The length of the area’s footpath network in particular has trebled in the last 30 years.

Falkirk is one of ten finalists for the annual award, which saw around 80 nominations from around the UK. Falkirk’s nomination was submitted by Stirling, Falkirk and District Ramblers.

The winning neighbourhood will now be decided by a public vote, with a voting deadline of Sunday 30 June.

Councillor Paul Garner, spokesperson for the Environment, said: “We have more than 600 kilometres of paths across the Falkirk area that lets you explore so many interesting and scenic places on your doorstep.

“We’ve got great assets like the John Muir Way and the River Avon Heritage Trail, as well as smaller, more remote paths taking visitors to more distance places.

“Please vote now for Falkirk to be Britain’s best walking neighbourhood and help recognise our amazing local environment for being the great place that it is.”

Falkirk faces stiff competition from across Britain, with places such as Elgin, Aberystwyth, Brighton and Cambridge all up for the honour.

Votes can be submitted until Sunday 30 June on the Ramblers website.

The result will be announced in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 10 July.

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