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