Aberdeenshire Health Walks

Health Walks in Aberdeenshire

A health walk is a short (from 10 minutes up to an hour) free, low – level walk led by trained volunteers in their community. Walks usually run weekly and are often followed by a cup of tea or coffee at a local café or community facility afterwards.

There are, at present, 27 health walks taking place throughout various locations in Aberdeenshire, which are organised by a variety of voluntary groups / organisations and supported by a Health Walk Coordinator employed by Live Life Aberdeenshire with funding from national walking charity Paths for All

Check out our ‘snap shot’ of weekly health walks below, and for more information on each group and walk leader contact details, visit Paths for All’s online health walk finder at – https://www.pathsforall.org.uk/walking-for-health-1/health-walks.

Local Health Walks

Monday Health Walks

Town/ Village

Time

Meeting Point

Fraserburgh

11am

JIC Building, Albert Street  *Please note this walk is at capacity at the moment, please speak to Carol to be added to waiting list

Stonehaven

10am

Market Square Stonehaven (Suited to Over 50's)

Portlethen

10. 30am

Outside Portlethen Library in the Academy building.

Finzean

10am

Park opposite Farquharson Court Sheltered Housing Complex

Aboyne

10am

Lochnagar Room, Bonty Court Sheltered Housing Complex

Banchory

6.55pm

Banchory East Church

Crimond

10am

Shirley's Space, Crimond Medical / Community Hub

 

Tuesday Health Walks

Town/ Village

Time

Meeting Point

Udny/ Pitmedden

10.30am

Pitmedden Bowling Club

 

Wednesday Health Walks

Town/ Village

Time

Meeting Point

Peterhead

7pm

Peterhead Community Centre (Community Room 3)

Kintore

10am

Kintore Town Hall

Insch

10am

Bennachie Leisure Centre

Laurencekirk

2pm

Masonic Hall (Suited to Over 50s)

Westhill

10am

Westhill Community Centre

Gardenstown

10.30am

Gardenstown Harbour

Meldrum

1pm

Meldrum Motors, the square

Banchory

10.45am

Number One Cafe, Scott Skinner Square (walks start in Spring 2020 - contact walk leader for start date)

 

Thursday Health Walks

Town/ Village

Time

Meeting Point

New Pitsligo

9am

New Pitsligo and St. John’s School

Balmedie

10.50am

Outside Balmedie Library

St. Cyrus

10am

Town Hall, St. Cyrus (Suited to Over 50s)

Banchory

9.55am

Banchory East Church

Rhynie

9am

‘Fourteen’, Rhynie Square

Kemnay (Buggy Walk)

10am

Kemnay Village Hall

 

Friday Health Walks

Town/ Village

Time

Meeting Point

Banchory

9.55am

Banchory East Church

Kemnay

9.30am

Outside Kemnay Village Hall

Banff / Macduff

2pm

Macduff Aquarium Car Park or Banff Quayside Car Park (group walks in both towns alternate months)

Huntly

10am

Community Kitchen, the Linden Centre

Lumphanan

10.30am

Outside the Macbeth Arms, Lumphanan

 

The majority of these health walks are open to everyone (please read the group information on the website for any closed walks) however, we have a couple of groups in Aberdeenshire who would be especially willing to welcome some new walkers to join them.

Please see attached posters or contact the Health Walk Coordinator if you’d like to know more about any of these groups. 

Walk Talk Finzean (pdf 702kb)

Porty Paths (pdf 92kb)

New Pitsligo Walks (png 675kb)

Volunteering

Without volunteer walk leaders and project co-ordinators, many of the health walks across Aberdeenshire simply wouldn’t take place and we are very grateful to them for their dedication to improving the health of both individual walkers and the wider community.

If you are looking for a volunteering experience that is rewarding, sociable and benefits both your own health as well as the health of others – why not consider becoming a health walk leader?

To become a health walk leader, you must complete a one- day Paths for All walk leader training course, courses are free of charge and can be organised locally. Once you have attended, you can either join a team of leaders with a project close to you or set up your own health walk project with support from the Health Walk Co-ordinator.

Most of our health walk projects are always grateful for new volunteers, but we have a few groups who are actively looking for more leaders for their projects – please see attached poster(s) for current volunteering opportunities.  If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a health walk leader or walk leader training, please contact the details listed at the bottom of the page.

Top Tips for Everyday Walking

We know, speaking to walkers across Aberdeenshire, that health walks are a great way to get walking by helping to build confidence, improve fitness and increase your knowledge of the local area and most importantly, they are social too!

 If you can’t get along to your local health walk, why not try these tips to get walking more every day.

  • Walk the children or grandchildren to school.
  • Get off the bus a couple of stops early, or park a few spaces away, and walk the rest of your journey.
  • Walk to the doctors, to the local shops, to the library, to visit friends, rather than drive.

Find an A to B walking journey planner and other useful links at http://www.getabout.org.uk/travel-choice/#/foot

Contact

Please note that the Health Walk Co-ordinator post is currently vacant, so for more information on the Aberdeenshire Health Walks project during this interim period, please contact:

Helen Wilson, Development Officer (Walking for Health)
Email: Helen.Wilson@pathsforall.org.uk
Tel: 01463725159

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