Wrap up warm and enjoy an Easter walk close to home!
It may still be winter on the hills, but there are still plenty of places to walk this weekend, says Ramblers Scotland
Despite the return of wintry weather this week, there are plenty signs of spring, with longer days, and colourful blossoms showing at last! This is a lovely time of year to be in the countryside and Ramblers Scotland is encouraging everyone to get outdoors with their friends or family, or to join a local Ramblers group for a walk over the Easter break.
“The Scottish mountains may still be covered in snow, but there are plenty of lower level routes in Scotland to enjoy over the Easter weekend”, said James Lawson, Convener of Ramblers Scotland. “If you’d like some company, our 55 local groups welcome non-members for up to 3 free taster walks, and you’re sure of a warm welcome. Or, if you’re looking for inspiration for a walk with your family or friends, Scotland now has 26 long distance routes, Scotland’s Great Trails, which showcase some of our best scenery and can make a great base for a day trip. Many of these trails are close to where people live, such as the John Muir Way, running through the Central Belt from Dunbar to Helensburgh, or the Fife and Ayrshire Coastal Paths.”
James continued, “If you’re looking for a shorter walk, there are now over 450 routes mapped as part of our innovative Medal Routes project. These short, circular routes of 15, 30 and 60 minutes – bronze, silver and gold – can be found in locations ranging from Orkney and Shetland right down to Dumfries and the Borders. These routes can all be downloaded for free from the Medal Routes App or the Ramblers Scotland website, and are perfect for a walk in your local area.”
But the walking organisation is also keen to remind walkers to take extra care around young animals at this time of year. James urged walkers to remember that this is a sensitive time for many farmers, with lambs and other young animals in fields. “Since many lowland paths go through farmland,” he said, “walkers should pay particular attention to any guidance on alternative routes or requests to avoid certain areas, and they should particularly make sure that their dogs are under proper control. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code gives clear advice on responsible access in these situations.”