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Blairgowrie and District Next Steps

Updated 13th September 2019


Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Next Steps Walking Group

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

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Thanks to Pat, Hugh, Liz, Marjory, Hanne, John and June in the morning, and Marjory and Hanne in the afternoon.  A nice hot and dry day.  Next and final market for 2019 is on 28th September.


   Celebration time  

Collectively we have now walked more than 100,000km on more than 10,000km of walking opportunities on our more advanced Tuesday and Thursday programme.

To celebrate the 1,000th event we are planning a walk for everyone.  Please note that the actual date is subject to any intervening cancellations and may change.  This will be a normal walk though we may have a more relaxed lunch break than usual!

I'm planning another First Aid practice day, so an idea from the first aiders of when they cannot take part will help.  We will also need a willing (vic.. oops!) casualty.

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. 

Running totals for the moderate and advanced walks

May 2005 to date

Walked: 100,356.5km (62,358.6 miles),

Climbed: 3,838,225m (12,592,564ft or 2,385 miles),

 on 10,148 walk places, over 988 walks of

10,081km and 395.7km of ascent.

2019 to date Advanced Walks

Walked: 3,185.5km (1,979.4 miles),

Climbed: 130,743m (428,946ft or 81.2 miles),

 on 269 walk places, over 32 walks.

2019 to date Mid-Level Walks

Walked: 3,593.6km (2,233 miles),

Climbed: 110,651m (363,027ft or 68.8 miles),

 on 376 walk places, over 30 walks.

Not including more than 40 easy walks with an average of 34 people each year since January 2004 (more than 19,000 walk places over 1,360 walks up to December 2018). 


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.
The Dacies, Canness Glen.

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