Last week (21-26 April) nine Ramblers groups helped launch the John Muir Way, a new national long distance route, by leading a series of walks from its start in Dunbar through to the end point in Helensburgh, a distance of 134 miles in total.
We were invited to get involved in the John Muir Festival, which celebrates the life of John Muir and the launch of the John Muir Way in his honour.
We invited Ramblers groups to lead walks along the Way and targeted those specific groups who were based along the route to walk different sections. Nine groups took up the challenge and led 10 walks along the Way as part of the Festival, involving 135 people in total, with one group hosting a massive 32 walkers for their walk.
The walks kicked off at the official launch in Dunbar on the 21 April, with North Berwick Ramblers walking back from Dunbar to their home town. Other groups then took up the baton and walked sections through cities, towns, along the coast, up hills and next to canals to the finale. This involved Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers, with a few friends, walking from Balloch, over Gouk Hill, to the pier at Helensburgh.
Ben Glencross, Group Development Officer, said: “Everyone I spoke to at the start, finish or along the John Muir Way was thoroughly enjoying exploring the new trail on foot. The walkers met a variety of people including the Festival organiser and a cyclist who had cycled the whole way by himself. We're delighted that Ramblers Scotland has been able to help promote this new long distance route and that Ramblers groups have encouraged more people to explore central Scotland by walking the John Muir Way. I’m sure many of our groups will be using parts of the John Muir Way in their future walks programmes.”
More info about Ramblers and the John Muir Way