Everyone welcome at new series of walks in Scotland's national parks

Ramblers Scotland is joining forces with The Mountains & The People Project to run a new series of gentle walks in Scotland’s two national parks this spring.

Everyone is invited to join the Next Step series of 3-5 mile walks in the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Parks, starting with a two-hour walk at Loch Lomond Nature Reserve next Thursday (16 March).

The Next Step series is ideal for people who don’t walk regularly or who are progressing from health walks – covering easy terrain at a relaxed pace, in the company of friendly, knowledgeable leaders.

Details of the spring walks – which are free of charge – are available here. Further walks will be run later in the year.

Brendan Paddy, Ramblers Scotland director, said: “We’re excited to jointly launch the Next Step series, which offers people a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the health and social benefits of walking, as well as the beauty of Scotland’s national parks.

“Walkers will get a very warm welcome from our experienced Ramblers volunteers, who will be pleased to lead groups on some of their favourite national park walks.

“The series kicks off with six diverse walks this spring, featuring everything from scenic glens to nature reserves and woodland trails. People can look forward to many more Next Steps walks throughout the year.”

Led by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, The Mountains & The People is a unique conservation partnership project brings together Scotland’s two National Park Authorities, Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, alongside Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dougie Baird, chief executive Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust said: “We are delighted to partner with Ramblers Scotland in the delivery of a range of short walks across both National Parks.

The benefits of getting out and enjoying the wonders that the Scottish countryside has to offer are well documented and we are proud to play our part in ensuring as many people have the opportunity to experience them have the opportunity to experience them.”

Walkers should bring warm, waterproof clothes and suitable shoes for muddy ground.