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Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

Karen Todd in the WalkIn Cafe A Perthshire woman is hop­ing to en­cour­age more peo­ple to take up walk­ing and cy­cling with her new cafe.

Karen Todd (51) opened the WalkIn Cafe last year on The Green in Spit­tal­field, and has since made it a hub for walk­ers and cy­clists across Perth and Kin­ross.

Sit­u­ated in the mid­dle of a num­ber of core path net­works, a num­ber of walks rang­ing from three miles to 10 miles start and stop at the vil­lage cafe. As a re­sult, the cafe hub is full of use­ful maps and guides for those vis­it­ing the area.

Karen ex­plained: “We opened in Au­gust last year. It was a post of­fice and a run­down shop for a few years, so I have turned it into a com­mu­nity cafe.

“I re­ally want to en­cour­age cy­clists and walk­ers to come to our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“At the cafe we have high­lighted var­i­ous routes around the vil­lage from three to ten miles and put them on the wall.

“Those who are in­ter­ested can come in and see all the dif­fer­ent walks, which en­cour­ages peo­ple to be­come more phys­i­cally ac­tive.”

As well as the nu­mer­ous maps at the cafe, Karen has spent the past few months col­lect­ing sto­ries from the com­mu­nity about the his­tory of the vil­lage and the build­ing her cafe now sits in, which have also gone on dis­play in­side the WalkIn Cafe.

Get­ting more peo­ple in the area out and about and on their bikes has been a pas­sion for Karen for a num­ber of years.

She con­tin­ued: “I do Nordic walk­ing ev­ery morn­ing around the vil­lage, it has be­come a hobby now. My back­ground is in sport and I used to be a fit­ness in­struc­tor.

“Get­ting peo­ple into sport is a pas­sion of mine, so I wanted to do some­thing that tries to en­cour­age peo­ple to get out in their lo­cal com­mu­nity and do phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.”

Hav­ing been born and brought up in Spit­tal­field, Karen now wants to form a group of like-minded lo­cals to work on the core path net­work around the vil­lage.

She said: “I have been speak­ing re­cently to the new ranger here and I am look­ing to hope­fully get a group to­gether to look af­ter the core paths. A lot of com­mu­ni­ties are do­ing that nowa­days.

“Along with the ranger the group would get to­gether in the sum­mer to cut the grass and stop the paths from get­ting too muddy.

“I also want to look at get­ting fund­ing to put up signs and in­for­ma­tion boards as well.

“If any­one in the com­mu­nity is in­ter­ested in go­ing out to look af­ter the core paths, please get in touch and come and see me in the cafe.”

The cafe is open Mon­day to Satur­day from 10am un­til 4pm, and from 11am un­til 3.30pm on Sun­days. The WalkIn Cafe in Spit­tal­field

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