Activities and events Active Lifestyles Walk Aberdeen Health Walks are a national programme run by Paths for All and are designed to assist people to become more active through walking. Walking is a low impact activity which is accessible to everyone without the need for any special equipment or to go to a gym. Walking is a very social activity and our walks are delivered at a pace which allows and encourages talking. 1. Health Walks Walk Aberdeen deliver a programme of social walks across the city to encourage people to be more active and to socialise whilst walking. Our walks are friendly and walked at a speed to ensure that no one is left behind Walking is a low impact activity which is accessible to everyone, all you need is your everyday shoes. Walking is a very social activity and our health walks are delivered at a pace which encourages talking. For those looking for more challenging walks, we have listed a few of the groups across the city who organise longer walks. Read more Listed below is our current programme of walks across the City. Most walks are coordinated by Walk Aberdeen and some by our partners. All meet the Health Walk criteria and usually last for between 30 – 60 min and usually finish with the opportunity of refreshments. The walks are always free. Tea and coffee is charged at minimal prices depending on venue. Come along, have a chat and get some fresh air. Monday Bridge of Don - Alex Collie Gymnastics & Performance Centre - 10.30am Torry - Old Torry Community Centre - 2.30pm Tuesday Peterculter - Peterculter Sports Centre - 10.30am Woodside - Fountain Community Centre - 11.00am Dyce - Asda Dyce Cafe Area - 1.30pm Wednesday Sheddocksley - Get active @ Sheddocksley - 1.30pm Thursday Bridge of Don - Get active @ Jesmond - 10.30am Kingswells - Kingswells community Centre - 10.30am Altens - Altens Community Centre - 10.30am Westburn - Westburn Outdoor Centre - 2.00pm Friday Ferryhill - Albury Outdoor Centre - 10.30am For more information please contact the Health Walks Coordinator on 01224 047928 2. Rambles/Low Level Walks These walks are suitable for those with a basic or reasonable level of fitness. Usually walking on defined paths or occasionally on rough track/ uneven ground. Walks vary from 3 – 9 miles dependant on the group (check individual listings for more accurate information) Read more Kaimhill Strollers 2 - Thursdays Friendly group covering 5-7 miles on each walk, a reasonable level of fitness required. Meeting every Thursday at 9.30am in the Community Wing of Kaimhill School. £3 charge for the minibus. Email Kaimhill Strollers 2 or contact via telephone - 01224 316775/782109 Kaimhill Strollers 3 - Mondays Meet Mondays 9.30 Kaimhill Community Centre, 4-7 mile walks. Use of minibus cost £4. We are mainly over 50 reasonably fit retired people. Email Kaimhill Strollers 3 or contact via telephone - 01224 780734 Mastrick Amblers - Mondays Low level walking group for those looking to reduce their walking or for someone new to walking looking to build their fitness. Meet on a Monday at 9.30am – 3.30 from Mastrick Community Centre. £6 for the minibus. Email Mastrick Amblers or contact via telephone - 01224 783627 Mastrick Strollers – Every other Friday Well established group walking for up to 6 miles with no hills but maybe some incline. Meeting at 9.30am – 3.30 from the Mastrick Community Centre every second Friday. £6 for the minibus. Longer walks sometimes available. Email Mastrick Strollers or contact via telephone - 01224 783627 Mastrick/Summerhill Ramblers – Every second Wednesday Meet at Mastrick community centre at 9am every second Wednesday. Short easy walks on good terrain with a maximum of 6 miles covered. There is no cost to attend the walks but often a member will drive so there is a suggested £5 for the driver. Contact John via telephone - 01224 690719 Northfield Strollers – Every second Friday A new group walking for up to 6 miles with no hills but maybe some incline. Meeting at 9.15am – 3.30 Byron Square Car Park every second Friday. £6 for the minibus. Longer walks sometimes available. Email Mastrick Strollers or contact via telephone - 01224 783627 Seafield Walking Group – Every second Wednesday Meet every second Wednesday, leaving from Countesswells Terminus at 9.15am. Busy group with 50 members, running various walks with options available for a long or short walk. Please contact Kate Graham for a booking sheet and an up to date list of upcoming walks. Email Seafield Walking Group Westhill Walkers – Every Second Sunday Meeting at the Westhill Library Car Park unless noted otherwise, every second Sunday with the occasional weekend trip – check the programme available on the website for more information about meeting times. Membership costs £15 for an individual. Potential members are invited to try a few walks prior to joining. Email Westhill Walkers or contact via telephone - 01224 740505 3. Hill Walking There are several hill walking groups across the city which offer a real challenge for anyone looking to take their walking further and higher. Hill walking groups tend to be out all day and a decent level of fitness would be required for their walks which are often on a broken moor or rough paths Read more Aberdeen Ramblers A busy group of fit older adults who meet most Sundays – more information available on their website. £15 per outing required for the coach and an annual membership required if attending regularly. Check the website for further information regarding equipment required if attending walks. Email Aberdeen Ramblers Buggy Walks Buggy walks are designed for people pushing buggies. Walkers included Grannies, Dads and Child carers as well as mums. The walks are a great chance to talk with other mums, share experiences and discuss ‘baby’ issues. Read more Tuesday Seaton Park Sling (and buggy) Walk - Don Street Entrance, Seaton Park (Email here) - 10.00am Friday Danestone - Danestone Community Center - 9.30am Dementia Friendly Health Walks Walk Aberdeen is part of a national network providing dementia friendly walks for those living with dementia, their family and supporters. Read more Walk Aberdeen is part of a national network providing dementia friendly walks for those living with dementia, their family and supporters. The walks listed below have walk leaders who have received additional training to ensure the walks have been suitably assessed and they are aware of the additional support that may be required Walk Aberdeen volunteers are not able to provide 1-2-1 support. Participants who may require assistance during the walk should bring a supporter with them. Area Meeting Point Day and Time Bridge of Don Alex Collie Sports Centre Monday 10.30am Bridge of Don Kingswells Community Centre Thursday 10.30am Kingswells Get active @ Jesmond Thursday 10.30am Ferryhill Albury Outdoor Sports Centre Friday 10.30am If you would like further information on any of our walks please contact: Brian Harrison (Health Walks Coordinator) Tel: 01224 047928 Email: [email protected] March Stones Join Walk Aberdeen as it leads a series of free walks exploring Aberdeen City’s historic March Stones. Read more The historical boundary for the City of Aberdeen, as granted by Robert the Bruce in the 14th Century, is marked by a ring of stones from the Dee to the Don. These stones are often mistaken for mile markers or ignored completely, yet they offer an intriguing adventure into the city’s history. From the Ringing Stone near Brodiach Burn to the final “Omega” March Stone located north of the Beach Esplanade, each individually marked stone plays an important role in setting out the city boundaries. Sport Aberdeen received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fun to develop a series of walks to enable people from Aberdeen to reconnect with their heritage. The series of walks gave people a chance to explore Aberdeen’s historic March Stones whilst becoming more active. Click on any of the links below for full walk routes and descriptions: Walk 1 Alpha Stone - 7 Walk 2 Stones 7 - 12 Walk 3 Stones 12 -15 Walk 4 Stones 43 - 49 Walk 5 Stones 50 - 56 Walk 6 Stones 56 - Omega The series of walks were delivered during July and August 2017, however, if you want to go on your own adventure, the routes of the walks can be found using the websites and apps below: Map My Walk App The routes are available on this handy app. Search in routes for ‘March Stones’ near Aberdeen, UK. Alternatively, go to their website www.mapmywalk.com/routes/ iPhone App Aberdeen University has developed an app that will guide you around 15 easily accessible stones. Search ‘[M]apping Aberdeen’ in the app store. For more information about the Marching the Stones Project please download our brochure here If you would like further information on the March Stones or any of the organised walks please contact: [email protected] 01224 047928 Viking Hiking / Stick Walking Viking Hiking is a well-established, weekly, Nordic walking group providing fitness walks through Hazlehead Park. Viking Hiking is an outdoor session where you walk with sticks/poles (available to borrow). It improves your fitness and is very effective dynamic strength exercise for the upper body Read more We meet every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10.00am, giving a choice of days. Saturday walks are generally at an introductory pace and a good starting place to try Viking Hiking. The meeting point is the car park near the cafe opposite the Foot Golf course. The walks last for around an hour and we aim to cover about 3 miles in this time and finish with coffee at the golf club. Viking Hiking is part of the Friskis and Svettis Swedish Exercise Organisation. For more information contact: [email protected] or visit their facebook page fsaberdeen.co.uk Volunteering All of our Health Walks are led and supported by our friendly, trained Health Walk Leaders who want to share their love of being active with others. For more information about becoming a Health Walk Leader please contact Brian Harrison: T: 01224 047928E: [email protected] For further information on all volunteering opportunities with Sport Aberdeen - visit our Volunteering page.