It's not often that
work becomes a place for philosophising about the simpler things in
life and the pleasure they can bring, but we've been doing just
that whilst out enjoying some time away from the office exploring
the paths of Helix South.
All that time in the fresh air
has clearly gotten to our heads as we've started pondering the big
question: What's in a path?
Essentially, Helix South is paths. Really nice paths. Paths
suitable for walking, running, cycling, skating, buggies, and
wheelchairs, and mostly lit at night to tackle the seemingly
never-ending Scottish winter. But who gets excited about paths?
It's only when you think about the possibilities of a path
unfurling before you that it becomes….interesting. Where can it
Robert Frost wrote the poem 'The Road Not Taken' about the
significance of the metaphorical path in life, but the literal
meaning of choosing which path to travel down is one that has
resonated with many a walker. Or is that just us?
There is excitement in the anticipation of where it will lead:
perhaps towards an old friend; you bump into each other, go for a
coffee and a catch up, and have a laugh, all thanks to a path. Or
maybe it takes you and the wee ones out for a bike ride, teaching
them a new skill as you spend quality time together, just from a
path. Or for a run with a partner in the evening after a long day
in work, pounding your worries away, heading nowhere in particular,
because of a path.
Paths are about connections and that's a big part of the Helix
plan. With 14km of lit paths in Helix South linking Grangemouth,
Beancross, Polmont, Lower Braes, Laurieston, and Westquarter,
Connecting Communities is more than just an infrastructure plan, we
really are connecting communities. And the Helix is vast: 27km of
pathways passing through woodland, fields, parkland, wetlands, and
waterways, connecting sixteen communities along the way. Soon we'll
be opening up even more of this network around The Kelpies Hub, and
upgrading the network in Helix North: until then, call up an old
friend, get the kids ready, or lace up your running shoes, and take
a walk, bike ride, or run around Helix South. And while you're out
there, try to take in Westquarter Glen; it's a hidden gem right on
the edge of Helix South where you can try your hand at some
real-world treasure hunting with Geocaching.
And don't worry, getting outdoors won't necessarily lead to an
overwhelming desire to philosophise, but if you do, we'd love to
hear your thoughts!