Pupils road test walks

Wheelchair friendly walks are being mapped out and rated in a new project set-up by youngsters with additional support needs.

Valuable information such as the duration, terrain and how good the views are will all be included in individual leaflets compiled by the team of nine teenagers at Saltersgate School in Dalkeith.

The leaflets, which will also have photographs and a map of each walk, will eventually be available to download from the school’s website.

Councillor Lisa Beattie (SNP), cabinet member for education said: “I’m sure people in wheelchairs, their families and friends, will all benefit from knowing where they can go to enjoy a really great day out with plenty of fresh air and good views. We’ve certainly got some of the greenest spaces in Scotland and we want to make sure as many people as possible get to enjoy them.”

The group has already found a gem of a walk round Harlaw Reservoir in the Pentlands. The pupils gave it four stars in the first of their leaflets.