Walking is great way of keeping fit and can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
- Regular physical activity can lead to a stronger, healthier heart, which can help protect against heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
- Regular walking can reduce your risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis.
- Walking can increase confidence, improve stamina and increase energy levels.
- Walking can also help weight control and promotes a more positive frame of mind.
- Walking requires no specialist equipment or expense and is the most accessible way for people from all walks of life to become more active.
If you are new to walking or would like to get back out again, Stirling Walking Network may be something to help you on your way. They offer a range of walks from gentle strolls to more strenuous walks.
The Stirling area offers a variety of opportunities for walking and we have more information available on how to take access in the area. If you are looking for ideas for local walks, you may like to pick up one of our Community Paths Leaflets. These cover Stirling, Bannockburn and Cambusbarron, Eastern Villages, , Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Doune and Deanston, and Gargunnock. Please contact the Ranger Service if you would like or copy.
The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives the right of responsible non motorised access (but allows for mobility scooters) to most land and inland water in Scotland. This responsible right of access extends to walking and also includes taking your dog for a walk.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code explains how you can take responsible access when out walking. It gives useful advice and guidance on how to act when faced with different situations.
The Stirling Area Local Access Forum has also put together the 'Enjoy Stirling's Outdoors - Your Guide to Responsible Access' leaflet to help you on your way.
If you're heading to the hills, remember that this is a working environment. You can also get useful information if you are planning a day in the hills by using the the Hillphones website.