Keep fit at Threave with the new Trim Trail

In 2019, the path network from Castle Douglas out to the Threave Estate and on to Lamb Island and Bridge of Dee was improved in a partnership project between National Trust for Scotland and the Galloway Glens Scheme.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 11:51 am
Amelia Craig and Amy Smith try out the triceps dip station

A spin off element from this work is the introduction of a ‘Threave Trim Trail’.

Ten ‘stations’ have been identified on a circular route, which can be started either from the Blackpark entrance or from the car park at Threave Gardens, with welcome signs giving an overview of the trail, which varies between 3.5km and 6km.

Stations are set out 10 points around the estate where participants can take part in a range of exercises, from push ups to bunny hops, providing a great way to keep fit.

Sam Gallacher, National Trust for Scotland operations manager at Threave, said: “Our vision for Threave Estate is that there is something for everyone to enjoy, whether that’s nature, horticulture, history – or exercise!

“We are always looking at new ways to improve our wide-ranging offer of experiences to our visitors and local community.

“This trim trail is a fantastic new addition. It’s a fun and different way to connect with nature, get healthy, and enjoy being outdoors.”

The idea for the trim trail on the new footpath route was supported by Dee & Glenkens councillor Pauline Drysdale.

She said: “It was a great opportunity and pleasure to work with The National Trust for Scotland, the Galloway Glens and some local teenagers as I have a passion for exercise, keeping fit and the great outdoors.

“With Covid it has been important to get outside and health professionals are now becoming more aware as to the importance of social prescribing which makes this project perfect for all ages.

“Our beautiful area has so much to offer so please do check out the Threave Trim Trail soon if you are able.”

McNabb Laurie, Galloway Glens team leader, added: “The Threave Trim Trail forms part of the path improvement works we have been implementing over the past couple of years, it is great to see the installation of the signs.

“Many thanks to everyone involved, and the ongoing support we receive from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.”