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Tips and resources to walk in, around, and between Communities


Benefits of Walking

Walking is more than just a means to get around; it’s also good for our physical and mental health. Walking briskly for as little as 10-minutes a day can make a noticeable improvement to our health. It:

  • Improves mental well-being

  • Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke

  • Increases muscle strength and endurance

  • Strengthens bones and improves balance

  • Promotes better sleep

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Know the Code before you go!

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

In Scotland, you can go on to most land to enjoy the outdoors – as long as you behave responsibly. This is known as Scottish access rights and is different from the position in England and Wales. When you are enjoying the outdoors, you must follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.


For more information, visit the Outdoor Access Code Scotland website.

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Take responsibility for your own actions
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Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
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Keep your dog under proper control
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Help land managers and others to work safely and effectively
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Care for your environment

Planning and recording

There are many smartphone apps available to help us improve our walks. Here are few we recommend:

Google Fit

Available for iPhone and Android, Google Fit monitors your walking activity and rewards you with “Heart Points” for every minute of exercise you do. The app also offers customizable coaching and tips based on your health and activity.


Charity Miles

Charity Miles lets you turn a neighbourhood jog or weekend hike into a fundraiser for good. Just choose a charity and get moving. The app tracks your movement. For every mile you log, you help to earn money for your chosen charity.


Strava is a fitness app that can be used for walking, running, cycling, or swimming. Strava tracks your route, speed, elevation, and calories burned. You can also plan new routes and set yourself challenges.

What makes Strava stand out from other fitness tracking apps is its social features, which allows users to join clubs; share their route maps and photos from their walk, and compare journeys with other users in the area.

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Tips and Equipment

You don’t really need any special gear to go for a walk. However, if you are attempting a more challenging walk, perhaps a long-distance or on rugged terrain, then there is some equipment that may be of use to you.


Check out this page from the British Heart Foundation on what they recommend you bring on your walking challenge.

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