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Wednesday (Stride for Life) Walks 2018

 

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 teh East Perthshire area these walks are an ideal way of finding out what is happening 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 Autumn programme of Walks (pdf) is available by clicking this link.

 

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

 

Date

 

Stagecoach

BaDNS

10 Jan

Ardler – Meigle

Bus

 

17 Jan

Redmyre Loch

Bus

 

24 Jan

Northballo Hill

Bus

 

31 Jan

Spittalfield Delvine

Bus

Minibus

7 Feb

Alyth – Muirton – Alyth Den

Bus

 

14 Feb

Airlie

Bus

 

21 Feb

Mill Dam - Butterstone

Bus

MiniBus

28 Feb

Glamis Hunter’s Hill

Bus

 

7 Mar

Dronley Wood

Bus

 

14 Mar

Muirward Wood, Scone

Bus

 

21 Mar

Glamis Railway Walk

Bus

 

28 Mar

Dunkeld – Inver – Birnam

Bus

 

4 Apr

Kirkmichael – Enochdu

Bus

 

11 Apr

Ballathie – Stanley

Bus

 

18 Apr

Tullybaccart – Hallyburton

Bus

 

25 Apr

Kitty Swanson

Bus

 

2 May

West Banchory – Golf Course

Bus

Minibus

8 May

Newtyle Railway Walk, Burnside Quarry

Bus

 

16 May

Bluebell Wood

Bus

Minibus

23 May

Tullybaccart - Northballo Hill

Bus

 

30 May

Dunkeld Hermitage

Bus

 

06 Jun

Kincairney

Bus

 

13 Jun

Newtyle Railway Walk, Water Backie

Bus

 

20 Jun

Meikleour Wood

Bus

 

27 Jun

Dunkeld Cathedral – A9 Bridge

Bus

 

 

School holidays break up 28 June, go back 14th August

 

Date

 

Stagecoach

BaDNS

15 Aug

Spittalfield – Delvine

Yes

 

22 Aug

Redmyre Loch

Yes

 

29 Aug

Airlie

Yes

 

5 Sep

Northballo Hill

Yes

 

12 Sep

Ardler – Meigle

Yes

 

19 Sep

Dronley Wood

Yes

 

26 Sep

Milldam - Butterstone

Yes

Minibus

3 Oct

Glamis Hunter’s Hill

Yes

 

10 Oct

Dunkeld Inver – Birnam

Yes

 

17 Oct

Kirkmichael – Enochdu

Yes

 

24 Oct

Balathie – Stanley

Yes

 

31 Oct

Glamis Railway Walk

Yes

 

7 Nov

Muirward Wood, Scone

Yes

 

14 Nov

Newtyle Railway Walk Burnside Quarry

Yes

 

21 Nov

West Banchory – Golf Course

Yes

 

28 Nov

Dunkeld – Hermitage

Yes

 

5 Dec

Kincairney

Yes

 

12 Dec

Meikleour Woods & Christmas Party

Yes

 

 

 

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.  Short very easy and free town based walks are also available depending on leader availability, but please phone a few days in advance.

 

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.  In normal circumstances we will return typically between 11:30 and 12:30.

 

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.  A number of walk leaders have also undertaken dementia awareness training.

 

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 and therefore 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 are not 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.  Since our walks go to a much wider suite of locations and opportunities than can be found if we stayed in town, using a bus is the most effective means of transport and facilitates linear walks which do not return to the start location.  In addition using a bus is more environmentally friendly (only one vehicle instead of 10 or more cars), and easier to park!

 

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.  Some participants may need a carer, please contact us first.

 

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 the longer walks.  For this fee participants have the use of Blairgowrie Town Hall, tea/coffee and transport as appropriate.  Carers accompanying a vulnerable person only pay £2 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 inclusive.  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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