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Blairgowrie and District Next Steps

Site Updated 1st September 2015


Blairgowrie and East Perthshire Next Steps Walking Group

BaDNS provides a range of weekday walking opportunities supervised by fully qualified walk leaders and first aiders.

Briefing for Walking Festival Leaders and Drivers (including those who may not be able to do it) Tuesday 8th Sept 10:00 Wellmeadow Cafe.

There is a forthcoming Mountain Training scheme Mountain Skills Course 31 Oct-1 Nov.  Those interested please let me know. 

Updated New Events information.

For the last Market of the season there is an inaugural Chutney competition, details on this link.


Many thanks to Marjory, Peter, Shirley, Ian, Nichola and Chris on 22nd August.  A really big help and it benefits group funds, though it might not feel like it at the time.  A nice dry and busy day, unlike last time.  The next Community Market is on Saturday 26th September, the last of the season.


Only a few spaces left on the Walking Festival, details on www.walkingfestival.org.


Our programme of walks range from easy low level starter walks up to very serious extended and remote hill walking.  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 they are capable of doing. 

Running totals for the moderate and advanced walks

May 2005 to date

Walked: 68,477.7km (42,550.1 miles),

Climbed: 2,731,071m (8,960,180ft or 1,697 miles),

 on 6,943 walk places, over 693 walks.

2015 to date Advanced Walks

Walked: 3,998km (2,484.2 miles),

Climbed: 170,652m (559,880ft or 106 miles,

 on 321 walk places, over 31 walks.

2015 to date Mid-Level Walks

Walked: 2,903.3km (1,804 miles),

Climbed: 93,584m (307,033ft or 58.2  miles),

 on 312 walk places, over 27 walks.

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

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Near Redmyre Loch.
 It looks like Cairn of Claise has grown another several hundred metres!
Darroch (otherwise known as Bluebell) Wood.  Picture by Dave Franks.
Bachnagairn, Glen Moulzie.
The Dacies, Canness Glen.

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