The Comply - exciting news!

January 2022: As you may have heard at our October 2021 Community Event, a new dawn beckons for the historic Comply track. We have secured funding from NESTRANS, ScotWays, Tesco Bags for Life, profits from the Open Garden Day held at three Lumphanan gardens, and our own contribution from the sale of t-shirts and jumpers (thanks to Marr Area Partnership). These grants and generous donations  will fund initial drainage and access improvements by an experienced local contractor, engaged to begin shortly. This Comply work is a key part of the exciting ongoing projects aimed at linking walking routes from Torphins through Lumphanan to Aboyne and Tarland. Volunteer input will be welcomed too so watch this space!

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Over the last few weeks there has been some initial clearance work undertaken. 

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Community Event October 2021

We've put together a summary of our community meeting held on 30 October 2021, funded by Asda Foundations' Bringing Communities Back Together Grant. Achievements of the past year and plans for the future were discussed, old friends caught up and some new faces joined in, of all ages. You can read more detail here.

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Stories from Lumphanan  - growing up on Oldtown Croft


January 2022:

On the People and Places page you'll find our latest article. Read about a lost way of life with this account of the Paterson family who lived at Oldtown Croft on a windswept hill by Lumphanan. Full of memories and stories of good times and hard times, and great photos, from Brian and Kenny Paterson. This first part of a two-part article covers the years 1957-1965.

Stories from Lumphanan  - Betty Moir and the Comply


November 2021: Read the story of Lumphanan- born Betty Moir on our People and Places webpage.  Find out why this local lady, who sadly recently passed away, had a special place in her heart for the Comply -  the path which runs eastwards from Milton of Auchenhove to Roadside, just south of the old school.

Betty’s daughter, Barbara, has very generously given a donation to Lumphanan Paths Group in her memory.

This comes just as the Paths Group announced plans to clear the track and make it good for use again. We may all wonder on the many tales this old track has hidden in its past as we wander along the Comply again!

Funding success and new project teaser!

October 21: We are very excited to be embarking on a new challenge… a path with an interesting history to uncover! Did you know that Lumphanan has a Heritage Path?  ScotWays describe Heritage Paths as ‘old routes that have been used for a specific purpose’. 

We have secured funding from NESTRANS, ScotWays, Tesco Bags for Life, profits from the Open Garden Day held at three Lumphanan gardens, and our own contribution from the sale of t-shirts and jumpers (thanks to Marr Area Partnership).  But we’re going to keep you guessing for a little while longer.  See if you can identify the path from the clues on our Projects page!

Come along to our Community Event on Saturday 30th October to find out more!


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Support your local community - wear a Lumphanan Paths Group t-shirt or cosy jumper!

October 2021:  Thanks to a Marr Area Partnership grant from their IGS Fund, visual artist Vhairi Walker has created teeshirts and sweatshirts with our logo in her studio just outside of Banchory. Each logo is digitally cut using vegan friendly heat transfer vinyl then 'hand weeded' (individually close trimmed) and heat pressed. We are delighted with these and already plan to expand our range.  


Sweatshirts: £25   Sizes: S, M, L   (Navy)

Teeshirts: £15   Sizes: S, M, L, XL   (Light Blue)

Available by emailing or at our free COMMUNITY EVENT on Saturday 30th October from 2-4pm in the Church Hall.  Please come along for news and to see what paths we’re planning to open next!

All profits from sales will go towards our latest project. What is it? Find out more at the event!

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Can you help?

​We are always looking for new members to help with the group's projects and volunteers to help maintain our paths. If you want to contribute, please go to the get involved page for more information.


Due to ongoing restrictions and to safeguard our members and volunteers, we are only organising events such as working parties within the rules of the current COVID restrictions. If work party dates are advertised please do not turn up without registering your interest at .

Committee members have been undertaking some individual, socially-distanced work to keep your path network open. If you see anything that needs attention - please contact us.

Responsible access

We've seen many of our paths busier than usual over the last year. Please walk responsibly and be considerate of others, including parking. Be aware of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code: remember to keep dogs under proper control to protect livestock and wildlife, and please keep our environment safe and beautiful by taking your litter home. Thank you!

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A new issue of our leaflet is ready to view and download - click on the image or visit the Lumphanan Walks page. The leaflet maps and describes some of the most well-used local walks. There's lots of information on the local history, landscapes and wildlife you can enjoy on our walks. Hard copiesare available at local shops and venues. 


We are grateful for the support of landowners, local photographers and from our funders - ScotWays and Paths for All.

Please be a considerate walker! Lumphanan walks pass through land supporting livestock and wildlife. As the weather (hopefully!) warms up, may we provide a reminder of walkers' responsibilities, including:

  • avoid disturbing livestock and wildlife

  • keep dogs under control at all times

  • clean up after your dog

  • close gates

  • take litter home

For more information click below:

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