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Wednesday (Stride for Life) Walks 2017

 

Wednesday walks are short duration low-level sometimes urban walks.  They are intended as starter and social activities, and are designed to allow people the opportunity to get fitter prior to undertaking more serious and extended walks in more remote countryside as they wish.  As well as 'walking and talking' there are refreshments afterwards.  If you are new to East Perthshire these walks are an ideal way of finding out about the area and making new friends.  

This is a programme run by volunteers from the  Blairgowrie and District Next Steps walking group, assisted by Strathmore and the Glens Rural Partnership - a partnership approach to promote walking in our area.

The programme of events is open to all.  Meet at Blairgowrie Town Hall 9.15am, walks commence approx 9.30am (leaders please try to be there for 09:00).

 

A downloadable schedule of the Wednesday Walks (pdf) is available by clicking this link.

 

If you have any fitness concerns or queries please consult your GP. 

 

Summer hols break up 29 June, go back 15th August

 

Date

 

Bus

BaDNS

16 Aug 17

Alyth – Muirton – Alyth Den

Yes

 

23 Aug 17

Glamis Hunters Hill

Yes

 

30 Aug 17

Ardler – Meigle

Yes

 

6 Sept 17

Newtyle Railway Walk (Burnside Quarry)

Yes

 

13 Sept 17

Redmyre Loch

Yes

 

20 Sept 17

Dunkeld Inver – Birnam

Yes

 

27 Sept 17

Northballo Hill

Yes

 

4 Oct 17

Spittalfield – Delvine

Yes

 

11 Oct 17

Glamis Railway Walk

Yes

 

18 Oct 17

Kitty Swanson

Yes

 

25 Oct 17

Dronley Woods

Yes

 

1 Nov 17

Mill Dam – Butterstone

Yes

Mini bus

8 Nov 17

Tullybaccart

Yes

 

15 Nov 17

West Banchory – Golf Course

Yes

 

22 Nov 17

Newtyle Railway walk (Water Backie)

Yes

 

29 Nov 17

Kirkmichael – Enochdu

Yes

 

6 Dec 17

Balathie – Stanley

Yes

 

13 Dec 17

Meikleour Woods & Christmas Party

Yes

 

 

 

Date

 

Stagecoach

BaDNS

11 Jan

Dronley Woods

Bus

 

18 Jan

Dunkeld - Hermitage

Bus

 

25 Jan

Ardler - Meigle

Bus

 

01 Feb

Tullybaccart

Bus

 

08 Feb

Newtyle railway (Burnside Quarry))

Bus

 

15 Feb

Inchtuthill

Bus

 

22 Feb

Mill Dam - Butterstone

Bus

MiniBus

01 Mar

Newtyle – Water of Backie

Bus

 

08 Mar

Hill of Gourdie

Bus

 

15 Mar

Dunkeld Cathedral

Bus

 

22 Mar

Drimmie Woods - Alyth

Small Bus if available

 

29 Mar

Glamis (Crams Hill)

Bus

 

05 Apr

Kincairney

Bus

 

12 Apr

East Banchory

Bus

 

19 Apr

Kirkmichael – Enochdu  (Cateran Trail)

Bus

 

26 Apr

Redmyre Loch (Reverse Walk)

Bus

 

03 May

Glamis (Railway Walk)

Bus

 

10 May

Ballathie - Stanley

Bus

 

17 May

Bluebell Woods?

Bus

 

24 May

Dunkeld Inver - Birnam

Bus

 

31 May

River Isla – Coupar Angus

Bus

 

07 Jun

Blackcraig – Bridge of Cally

Bus

 

14 Jun

Kitty Swanson’s Bridge

Bus

 

21 Jun

NorthBallo Hill

Bus

 

28 Jun

Loyal Road - Alyth

Bus

 

 

Please note that there is no guarantee of a bus place unless pre-booked.

 

There will be at least two walks per session (see below).  One suitable for those who prefer a slow pace, which will cover less distance, and another which will cater for a medium and/or fast pace covering a greater distance.  Because of the time constraints is not possible for slow walkers to have a particularly long walk on this schedule, but it is possible by special arrangement.

 

All times are approximate and will depend on weather, ground conditions and speed of walking, and include an allowance for the bus journey and refreshments.

 

Registration  All of these events are open to all, however those coming for the first time are required to complete a registration form and brief health questionnaire.  If in any doubt about your fitness for a walk please consult your GP or other medical advisor.  The walk leaders are appropriately qualified outdoor first aiders but this is not a substitute for qualified medical advice from a health practitioner.  Children and Vulnerable Adults must always be accompanied by an adult carer.  In order to minimise inconvenience and in consideration for all the participants everyone is expected to abide by our code of conduct.  We may ask you for a letter from your GP if you are or have suffered from a significant condition. 

 

Medical  It is extremely important for your own safety that if you feel unwell during a walk that you advise the leader in charge.  Our walk leaders all hold a minimum of a valid outdoor first aid qualification.  While the organisers are very experienced and also hold advanced first aid certificates they are no substitute for advice from a medical practitioner, and can only advise based on their experience of running outdoor fitness activities.

 

Duration  It is expected that walks will have returned to Blairgowrie by 12:30.  However depending on bus journey timing, speed of walking due to inclement weather, scenery viewing and so on, the exact finish times cannot be predicted.  

 

Walks  There will always be at least a choice of two walks, differentiated by the speed of the group.   Every week there will be a slow walk and at least one faster one.  As the walks are intended to fit in to a period of between 45 minutes and 1½ hours the fast walk will cover a longer distance.  The slow walk is specifically intended for those who cannot maintain a fast walking pace, who do not wish to go as far, or have difficulty in negotiating steep or less than even paths.  The faster walk may have an alternative cut off point to allow those who wish to walk at an intermediate pace the option of returning earlier, but this cannot be guaranteed and depends on the location of the walk and the availability of walk leaders.  Easier shorter walks can be arranged depending on leader availability.  It is possible for very easy town walks to be undertaken as well.  Carers may need to accompany the participants on these walks.  Leaders may not be qualified as carers for vulnerable people.

 

Everyone is welcome to try whichever walk they wish, however if you find you have difficulty keeping up or are not sure of your own capabilities please go on a slower walk first.

 

Bus  Most walks require the use of a bus, however to ensure that we can provide sufficient spaces it is essential that participants book in advance.  There is no guarantee of a space otherwise.  If a minibus is indicated above this is for the short/slow route walkers only.  First priority for any bus seats unfortunately has to go to those who have booked a seat in advance.  It is often the case that people who have booked do not turn up, so if you wish to take a chance you are welcome to come along, but please do not be disappointed if we cannot fit you in.  We can accommodate 49 people without prior arrangements.

 

Assisted Access  Some walks are buggy and wheelchair friendly (possibly requiring some assistance).  We ask that participants phone any of the walk leaders in advance for advice.

 

Clothing  Please wear appropriate footwear and warm and/or waterproof clothing to suit the expected conditions.  If you are not appropriately dressed for your own safety we may have to ask you to stay behind.

 

Refreshments  There will be time for a coffee and chat at the end of each walk, but participants are responsible for bringing their own meals or snacks during the walk if these are required.

 

Charges  There is a fee of £5 per event per independent person.  For this fee participants have the use of Blairgowrie Town Hall, tea/coffee and transport as appropriate.  Carers accompanying a vulnerable person only pay £1 per walk.  Children of pre-school age are free, school children £2.  We may need to limit the numbers of concessionary places depending on bus seat availability.

 

Cancellation  If there are insufficient numbers pre-registering or for other matters outwith the organisers control, the right is reserved to cancel, re-schedule or relocate the walk.  As much notice as possible will be given, but this may not always be possible.  In the event of any changes fees paid for any pre-booked walks are refundable or transferable to a different date and event.

These events are intended to be fully socially exclusive.  If you need any further information or wish to discuss any matter relating to this or confidential medical matters please phone Nick or Sue on 01828 640763.

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