Community walks


The Covid-19 crisis can leave us all isolated, and the shorter days make it hard to stay healthy.  I'm guiding a free community walk in my neighbourhood as an antidote. 

I thought we weren't allowed to gather in large groups just now?

Current Scottish Government guidelines (last updated 2/11/20) allow for groups of up to 30 adults & children to meet for formal led walking activities,  provided they have not travelled from a higher tier area. As a full-time outdoor professional I am up to date with all the relevant guidance required to conduct formal led walking. I have completed SportScotland Covid-19 Officer training, have conducted a full Covid-19 risk assessment, and will be implementing all relevant health, physical distancing & hygiene measures. And of course I am fully insured, first aid trained, and PVG checked.

When & where?

We will leave from the Duck Pond on Forester's Way (see Google map below). We will meet on Sunday 22nd November at 10am. We will be back by 12:00 / 12:30. If you can get there without using a car then please do. There is limited car parking so you may need to park considerately on Forester's Way or further down on Leachkin Road. 

How fit & experienced do I need to be?

You don't need any experience at all. The atmosphere will be very friendly and inclusive, you can be sure of that.  Can you walk gently for about 1.5 - 2 hours given plenty of stops? Then you should be fine. We'll be on good tracks and paths with a little bit of uphill. If you're unsure, please get in touch with me and ask for more details. 

Are children and dogs welcome?

Of course! The whole idea is to have an inclusive family activity. Very young children might not manage to walk the whole way, so consider bringing a backpack child carrier or sling - or just be prepared to carry them for a bit! The walk won't be suitable for buggies as the paths are too rough. Dogs are welcome but please be prepared to keep them on a lead throughout the walk.

What do I need to bring?

We will go on the walk whatever the weather, so please bring warm clothes, waterproofs and sturdy footwear. Please bring some snacks, a drink (maybe a hot drink in a Thermos flask), and a little mat or rug to sit on. We will stop partway through for an outdoor snack in the forest. As an additional safety measure, please bring a small Covid-19 kit with you including some hand sanitiser and a face covering. We don't need to wear a face covering as we will be outside and physically distanced, but these will be useful if you need to come into closer contact with somebody from outside your household. Please also consider bringing a small personal first aid kit. I'll obviously have my own leader's first aid kit to look after you if you're unlucky enough to do yourself a serious injury, but if you need to treat something small like a scratch or blister, then it would be so much better if you could do that yourself.

Does it cost anything?

No, there is no charge for this at all. However, please don't turn up without booking as numbers might be exceeded. Remember, please don't book if you live in one of the Scottish health board areas currently under local restrictions (I know that's unlikely but I need to mention it).