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Next Step Volunteer led walks in Scotland’s National Parks

Take your next steps with Ramblers Scotland

There are a wide range of benefits to getting out and enjoying the countryside by foot and our National Parks offer a great opportunity for those keen to start exploring the wilds that they have to offer. These are ideal starter walks, over easy terrain and led at a gentle pace by friendly, knowledgeable leaders.   They provide an opportunity get outdoors and discover interesting new walks, making the most of the national parks. They also make the ideal next step for health walk participants who are ready to progress to slightly longer walks.

The Mountains and The People project has joined forces with Ramblers Scotland to encourage those keen to start walking in the countryside or those currently engaged in community Health Walk activities in either Loch Lomond & Trossachs (Walk in the Park) or Cairngorms (Walking to Health) to consider taking their Next Step towards longer walks on more challenging terrain.

During 2018 Health Walk leaders in both National Parks will be supported to identify individuals within their group who may be interested in attending a volunteer led walk with Ramblers Scotland.  Aimed at those who have demonstrated progression in their walking ability or who may be looking for more of a challenge than their current group is designed to deliver.

In addition to this our walks are open to members of the general public who are keen to get out and get active with a group of like minded individuals.

  • Ramblers Scotland

The walks will be led by volunteers from Ramblers Scotland which aims to help everyone, everywhere to get out of doors to enjoy Scotland on foot. Working to promote walking, secure access rights, protect the countryside and help develop path networks. Ramblers Scotland is the representative body for walkers and as part of the Ramblers, they have a long tradition of working across Britain for all who enjoy walking.  Ramblers Scotland have 54 groups in Scotland who offer over 3,500 interesting and varied led walks a year, ensuring there’s something for everyone.


“I joined the Ramblers when I first retired as I was looking for something to do.  I never expected I would get so much pleasure out of walking with my group!  As well as being much fitter now and making lots of friends, I’ve loved getting to visit Scotland’s fantastic countryside”  Dot, Dalgety Bay Ramblers

  • What walks are available?

Walks will be available within both the Loch Lomond & Trossachs and Cairngorms National Parks, with suitable walks being identified from Ramblers walking group calendars.  Alternatively, if you are part of the Walk in The Park or Walking to Health initiatives information will be provided through your walk leaders.

What you Need to Know

  • Anyone wishing to take part in any walk must contact the leader by phone or email a few days in advance to make sure that the walk is still scheduled to take place and to confirm transport and walk details.
  • Anyone with a health condition, where there is a possibility that treatment may be required during a walk, must inform the leader in advance and give full details of the treatment which might be required. This is to protect the leader against incidents arising from no prior warning being given.
  • Warm and waterproof clothing should be worn or carried in a rucksack. Denim jeans are not suitable as they get wet very quickly and are slow to dry out.
  • Strong footwear should be worn on all walks.
  • All walkers should carry emergency contact details.
  • These introductory walks are free, if you wish to walk regularly with the Ramblers then we’d ask you to join us and take advantage of our 30% discount to health walkers for the first year of membership. For as little as £2 a month you can walk with any of our 54 groups in Scotland who lead over 3,500 walks a year.   Just quote the promotional code C15M5A when  joining on line to receive your discount.

For more information about Ramblers Scotland, their latest campaigns and volunteering opportunities visit:

Call 0131 472 7006 or email


Photos : Credit Ramblers Scotland