New Cumnock Access Network

Discover New Cumnock’s beautiful wildlife walks!

CEI path patrollers walking Afton Dam route in 2015

CEI path patrollers walking Afton Dam route in 2015


New Cumnock boasts an impressive network of walking trails; whether you fancy a short ramble along the River Nith, or a hike around Afton Reservoir.

In 2012, the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative (CEI) delivered the Access Network Project to upgrade six popular walking routes around New Cumnock, with the aim of improving access to the local environment. People counters have been installed at certain locations, and this helps CEI staff monitor how well the paths are used; at our last check in 2015 over 40,000 people had visited the Afton Water route!

With funding from East Ayrshire Council’s Restoring Communities Programme, the CEI have had the Access Network route maps re-designed and re-printed. The new booklet combines the six routes and includes a master map, and can be picked up at various public locations in New Cumnock. Click here to view and download the new booklet.

Brand new Access Network route map leaflet

Brand new Access Network routes booklet


CEI Project Manager, Daisy Whytock, said “the route maps in the new booklet are much clearer, which will make the routes easier to navigate. We have combined the routes, so you only need to have the one booklet handy when you go for your walk.”

The CEI hope to encourage more people to explore the routes by leading some guided walks later on in 2016. Please report wildlife sightings or damage to the paths to the CEI by phoning 01563553513 or by email at