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Blairgowrie and District Next Steps

Updated 8 September 2022

Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Next Steps Walking Group


With a number of cancellations the walk for 6th September has been cancelled.  As there are a number of other absences and events the next walk will be 27th September.  Sorry. 

Further sad news, Graeme Campbell one of our Wednesday Walk leaders has passed away.

We are slowly building up our user base following lockdowns, to make sure that bookings are not overwhelmed. We are starting Tuesdays to ensure it remains manageable, but the walks for a while will be more like what we used to do on Thursdays. If members wish to join in please contact Nick. Sadly though with increased costs, particularly for the bus, we are increasing the trip subscription to 10. This will be kept under review and initially at least we will not be reintroducing the annual membership. Though the downside is that if you book a place it has to be paid for so no-shows will be asked to pay 5. A no-show can prevent someone else on the waiting list from taking part. If you leave booking until close to a date, you do of course run the risk of there not being a space.


In due course there will be a couple of refresh training sessions for the Wednesday Walk leaders, the principles of leadership, basic first aid, and basic navigation, and then we will make arrangements to restart those sessions.

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

If anyone who has booked and is showing Covid symptoms please let me know and please also withdraw while you isolate.  We would be grateful if you err on the side of caution.


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: 103,945.4km (64,588.7 miles),

Climbed: 3,963,663m (13,004,104ft or 2,462.9 miles),

 on 10,527 walk places, of 1029 walks of

10,399.2km with 407.1km of ascent.

2022 to date Advanced Walks

Walked: 278.4km (173 miles),

Climbed:8,319m (27,293ft or 5.2 miles),

 on 21 walk places, over 4 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

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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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