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Next Step Volunteer Led Walks

Everyone welcome at new series of walks in Scotland’s national parks

We have joined forces with Ramblers Scotland to run a new series of gentle walks in Scotland’s two national parks this spring.

Everyone is invited to join the Next Step series of 3-5 mile walks in the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Parks, the first of which was a two-hour walk at Loch Lomond Nature Reserve last Thursday.

The Next Step series is ideal for people who don’t walk regularly or who are progressing from health walks – covering easy terrain at a relaxed pace, in the company of friendly, knowledgeable leaders.

Brendan Paddy, Ramblers Scotland director, said: “We’re excited to jointly launch the Next Step series, which offers people a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the health and social benefits of walking, as well as the beauty of Scotland’s national parks.

“Walkers will get a very warm welcome from our experienced Ramblers volunteers, who will be pleased to lead groups on some of their favourite national park walks.

“The series kicks off with six diverse walks this spring, featuring everything from scenic glens to nature reserves and woodland trails. People can look forward to many more Next Steps walks throughout the year.”

Dougie Baird, chief executive Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust said: “We are delighted to partner with Ramblers Scotland in the delivery of a range of short walks across both National Parks.

The benefits of getting out and enjoying the wonders that the Scottish countryside has to offer are well documented and we are proud to play our part in ensuring as many people have the opportunity to experience them have the opportunity to experience them.”

The first in the series took place on the 16th March and was led by the Helensburgh Ramblers and walkers enjoyed a stroll along the shores of Loch Lomond and a through the RSPB Loch Lomond Nature Reserve.

Jeannie Cranfield, Ramblers Scotland’s delivery officer, said: “Volunteers from Helensburgh Ramblers really enjoyed leading a walk for Balloch Health Walkers. It was a great opportunity to share their local knowledge and I know they’re looking forward to doing so again at further events soon.

“The Next Step walks are helping build stronger links between our Ramblers groups and local health walkers, and will result in many more wonderful walks in Scotland’s two national parks.”

It is hoped that this series of walks will enable progression for health walkers onto something a little more challenging. Fran Crumley from the Walk in the Park project said “The Next Step walk arranged by Ramblers Scotland and The Mountains & The People Project was a great opportunity for the health walkers from the Walk in the Park project to start to extend their walking.  All of the walkers thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the chance to walk for longer, on slightly harder terrain and in a new location and have already been asking for the next one.”

The walks:

  • Sat 15 April: River Esk, Glen Doll, from 10.30am to 1.00pm, led by Dundee Ramblers
  • Sat 22 April 2017: Wild Cat Trail, Newtonmore, from 10am to 12noon, led by Badenoch and Strathspey Ramblers
  • Sunday 23 April: Craigendarroch and Pass of Ballater, Deeside, from 10.30 to 2.30pm, led by Aberdeen Ramblers
  • Saturday 29 April: The Three Bridges, Callander, from 10.30am to 2.00pm, led by Stirling and Falkirk District Ramblers
  • Saturday 20 May: Loch Kinord and Burn O’Vat, Deeside, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, led by Badenoch and Strathspey Ramblers.

Further walks will be run later in the year. Walkers should bring warm, waterproof clothes and suitable shoes for muddy ground.

To find out more about joining one of the Next Step Volunteer Led Walks have a look at the information on our website /nextstepwalks/