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Six Walks to try this Autumn

It’s time to welcome the arrival of Autumn and all the joys that the season brings: the colours that tease your camera out of your pocket, the crunch of fallen leaves under your feet, the return of the cool winds…. and therefore your favourite woolly hat. But where to go to make the most of it? How about these Six Walks to try this Autumn! … More Six Walks to try this Autumn

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Whitelee’s Secret Forest – Valley Walkfest 2019

The blurb for my guided walk read “Join Gillian’s Walks and Rennie Mason, Whitelee Countryside Rangers on a visit to the tranquil, scenic side of the UK’s largest onshore windfarm at Cleughearn Plantation. Walkers will be bussed to Ardochrig from Darvel and we will soon find ourselves on a mossy track through the forest. This area is home to an array of bird life and has its very own dragonfly pond. Roe deer may be spotted if we are quiet enough!” It seemed to spark an interest, and on Sunday 12th May 2019, an impressive 32 people headed out in 3 minibuses and a car to enjoy the walk! … More Whitelee’s Secret Forest – Valley Walkfest 2019

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Top Walks for the Festive Season

If you’re anything like me, come Boxing Day cabin fever is setting in and you NEED to get out a walk. Here are my top picks for you! BEST FOR….. WEE HILLS BEST FOR….. WATERFALLS BEST FOR…… A WANDER THROUGH THE WOODS BEST FOR…. LOCHS BEST FOR…. BLOWING THE COBWEBS AWAY

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“Why Club 6713” by Colin

The most significant point of that third day and one that has influenced my life ever since, was after I emerged from the climb out of Kinlochleven. I had just hiked a tough 16 miles on my own, I was wet, cold, everything ached, and the view ahead was like looking into Mordor…… … More “Why Club 6713” by Colin

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10 Family Walks For Easter

Easter is the perfect time for some family adventures in the great outdoors. Winter has given way to Springtime with longer days, daffodils and crocuses, newborn lambs and rising temperatures. Not to mention a lot of chocolate to work off! Here are my top picks to give you some inspiration for over the holidays…. … More 10 Family Walks For Easter

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“Walking For Weight-Loss” by Elaine

For the first in my series of Inspirational Stories From Everyday People, I present to you… Elaine. otherwise known (to me) as Mum 🙂

What drove Elaine to lose 3 dress sizes in 18 months and how has she kept it off? How has she coped with a devastating injury which saw her go from walking almost 2000 miles in 2017 to being banned from weight-bearing in the lead up to Christmas? Read all about it in her incredible story….. … More “Walking For Weight-Loss” by Elaine

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Why I Ditched The Car 44 Times In One Month!

December 2017 As a new volunteer with Kilmarnock’s Active Travel Hub I remember driving into the car park to risk assess a proposed health walk route and being a tad embarrassed when the Hub Officer arrived by bike! Considering I had come from a half mile away and Holly from the other side of town, it was…

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The Story Behind Gillian’s Walks

Something I read in December 2015 really hit a chord with me – “That thing that you do, after your day job, in your free time, too early in the morning, too late at night. That thing you read about, write about, think about, in fact fantasize about. That thing you do when you’re all alone and there’s no one to impress, nothing to prove, no money to be made, simply a passion to pursue. That’s it. That’s your thing. That’s your heart, your guide. That’s the thing you must, must do.” (Jes Allen) … More The Story Behind Gillian’s Walks

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Just a Girl Who Loves the Great Outdoors…

  I was first introduced to walking as a young child when, from the age of 7, my parents took me into the Scottish hills at weekends. Although I didn’t realise it at the time, these exposures were developing in me a deep passion for the great outdoors.  We stopped going when I was in my teens and I…

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