Ben enjoying the Glen Sherup Horseshoe route.
Countryside ranger and outdoor journalist Ben Dolphin will lead a series of free, scenic and sociable walks to mark his final year as Ramblers Scotland’s president.
Ben is inviting members of the public to join him and local Ramblers group members for ‘President’s Walks’ at six different Scottish beauty spots during summer and autumn 2019.
Ben works as a seasonal ranger at National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge estate, writes for titles including Walkhighlands and The Press & Journal, and publishes popular blogs and YouTube vlogs.
Ben has been our president since March 2017, and he has so far walked with more than half of our 54 groups – whose volunteers run more than 3,500 group walks annually. A new president will be appointed in March 2020.
You can view full details of each President's Walk via these links:
Ben said: "Before I took up the role of honorary president all my walking was done solo, by myself. Group walking was therefore a new experience for me, and I’ve loved it!
“I always return from Ramblers walks feeling happy, and the chat, camaraderie and knowledge of Ramblers members has changed my perception of how we can experience the great outdoors.
“The six routes I’ve chosen for this series of walks are each special to me for different reasons. I’m looking forward to sharing them with my fellow walkers, and hopefully I can help more people experience the fun of a Ramblers group walk.”
To attend, you must register in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org as we must limit spaces on each walk to about 20 walkers maximum. Please include your name, the walk you want to attend and your Ramblers membership number, if applicable. Non-members are very welcome!
Our director Jess Dolan said: “We’re proud to have Ben Dolphin as our president and we’re really grateful for him volunteering to lead these walks.
“He is a knowledgeable, respected champion of everything that makes walking in Scotland so memorable, from our animals and plants to our landscapes and world-class access rights.
“I hope that many people will grasp this opportunity to join Ben for a free, sociable day out walking in magnificent scenery.”
Some of these are fairly challenging walks, so if you wish to attend, please ensure you are fit enough and have the right footwear, food and clothing for the walk you want to join.
Only the Fife Coastal Path walk will be suitable for dogs, which should be kept on leads.