Sport Aberdeen March out dates for free city walks

Jun 15, 2017

Sport Aberdeen has today revealed the dates on which a series of free, organised walks will take place exploring a revived route following the Granite City’s ancient boundaries.

Brian Harrison with March Stones

The walks will be led by Walk Aberdeen and Aberdeen City’s Countryside Rangers and will take place on Wednesday 28th June and Saturday 1st July, covering 2-3 miles. 

The walk on June 28th is part of ‘The Big Fit Walk, a national campaign run by Scottish charity Paths for All, with the simple aim of getting more people walking more often.

The March Stones trail is based around a ring of 67 granite stones making up the city boundaries, measuring 26 miles in total. The name derives from the 16th century meaning of march as a boundary. 

This year Scotland celebrates the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, highlighting local history and celebrating our rich heritage. Sport Aberdeen has been awarded a £10,000 grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund to support local events encouraging people to explore the Granite City.

Registered charity Sport Aberdeen, in partnership with charity Paths for All, were able to bring the walking route to life after receiving £10,000 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Commenting, Sport Aberdeen Director for Sport and Active Lifestyles Jo Bell said:

“We are excited to reveal the dates for the March Stones walks. There has been a huge amount of interest from the local community who are clearly keen to learn more about our city’s hidden treasure.

“The walks are free and anyone looking to come along can either turn up on the day or book their place in advance. We would like to offer our thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, whose support has helped us bring this important project to life.”

Ian Findlay, Chief Officer at Paths for All said:

“In a nation where too many of us are unfit and inactive, walking is one of the easiest ways to incorporate a little more activity into our day.

“A simple short walk is free, accessible for most and has a wealth of benefits.  It can help to protect us from developing heart disease, stroke or some cancers, improve our mood and make us feel better connected in our communities.”

People are welcome to turn up on the day or can book their place in advance by emailing Sport Aberdeen Walk Leader Brian Harrison on bharrison@sportaberdeen.co.uk or calling 01224 047928.