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Blairgowrie and District Next Steps

Updated 13th July 2020


Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Next Steps Walking Group


Into phase 3 now. The end of the beginning, if not yet the ultimate end. While we can now meet up in limited numbers we are still dependant on bus transport, which entails several difficulties in order to maintain group social distancing.  As anticipated a few months ago this is unlikely to change until Phase 4 unfortunately.  So until then or there is a relaxation of use of bus transport I'm afraid we cannot re-start our walking and expeditions.  So its back to gardening and tidying my garage, neither of which are complete!  As far as the 'official' training bodies are concerned with some limitations they are looking at small groups being allowed from 14th July or thereabouts  but still maintaining social distancing and lots of cleansing.


There will be no new membership renewals until we have a clearer idea of how we may or may not be allowed to operate.  Existing memberships will roll over.


A really useful read on Covid 19 transmission (long winded and technical) but is a summary!  Useful for those interested and with a public health background, it is informing those of us making decisions about group activities.


 Funnies Page 31

Coronavirus guidelines


Updated CPR guidelines

  What the hell is that?

BaDNS provides a range of weekday walking opportunities supervised by fully qualified walk leaders and first aiders, suitable for most abilities.

Easy Walks   Moderate Walks   Serious Walks

Our programme of walks range from easy low level or town based starter walks up to very serious extended and remote hill walking, and associated activities.  They are designed to allow people to develop and progress at their own pace reaching whatever standards they set for themselves.  Our programme evolved from the easy and short single walk Stride for Life programme that started in early 2004.  As people gained confidence and fitness many found that they needed more challenges.  This grew so successful that a full range of walks spread over different days had to be developed.  After an initial introduction (on a few Wednesday walks) all participants are welcome (bus seats permitting and subject to the subscription) to take part in whatever walks and activities they are capable of doing. 

 Starting with Wednesday 4th March the Wednesday Walks will meet at the Parish Church Hall in James Street, 09:15 as usual.

I am planning the proposed Navigation Refresh, but need some idea of participants' preferred day, sometime late April or late May.  Also for the first aid practice.

Running totals for the moderate and advanced walks

May 2005 to date

Walked: 103,600.5km (64,374.3 miles),

Climbed: 3,953,772m (12,971,654ft or 2,456.8 miles),

 on 10,492 walk places, of 1024 walks of

10,349.3km with 405.7km of ascent.

2020 to date Advanced Walks

Walked: 397.9km (247.2 miles),

Climbed:16,691m (61,322ft or 11.6 miles),

 on 51 walk places, over 8 walks.

2020 to date Mid-Level Walks

Walked: 760.5km (472.6 miles),

Climbed: 28,000m (91,863ft or 17.4 miles,

 on 90 walk places, over 8 walks.

Not including more than 40 easy walks with an average of 34 people every year since January 2004 (more than 20,000 walk places over 1,400 walks of average 3.5miles up to December 2019). 


Walking is a great way to stay healthy and active.  It benefits weight control, blood pressure, cholesterol, helps to maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints whilst giving you more energy.


Can you prescribe nature?


"All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking."

- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


Blairgowrie and District Next Steps follows the

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Near Redmyre Loch.
 It looks like Cairn of Claise has grown another several hundred metres!
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Bachnagairn, Glen Moulzie.
On guard at Carn nan Sac
The Dacies, Canness Glen.


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