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. Buggy Walks Buggy walks follow the Health walk model and are designed for people with buggies in mind. Walkers have included Grannies, Dads and Child carers. The walks are a great chance to talk to 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 are part of a national network providing dementia friendly walks for those living with dementia, their family and supporters. Read more Walk Aberdeen are 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] Health Walks Health Walks usually last for between 30 – 60 min and usually finish with the opportunity of refreshments. The walks are always free. 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 Sports 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 - Sheddocksley Sports Centre - 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 Hill Walking There are a number of hill walking groups across the city which offer a real challenge for anyone looking to take their walking further. As part of a hill walking group you might find yourself away for a weekend to tackle a Munro or taking the long way up some of the local hills! Read more Aberdeen Young Walkers Well established Low Level and Hill Walking Group with members mostly, but not exclusively, age 20-40. A variety of lead walks from all day excursions to evening strolls are offered. Contact the group for more information. Contact Aberdeen Young Walkers Stocket Hillwalking Club Sociable group of up to 30 walkers participating in on Saturdays or Sundays using a coach. Cost of £15 for most walk days and annual membership to the club is £30, but prospective members are invited to try a walk before joining. All walk information can be found on their website. Email Stocket Hillwalking Club Longer Walks There are many groups across the City and Shire which organise longer walks lasting up to a full day. Some links to some of these groups are below. There are so many more groups and a search of the internet may find something closer to you. Read more Aberdeen Ramblers 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 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 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 have 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 Medium Length Walks Once people have attended a Health Walk for a while they may feel they would like to walk a little further. Other Organisations coordinate walks around or close to the city that may involve a use of public transport or car share/ bus hire for which a small charge is made. Links to these organisations are below. Please contact them if you feel their walks are more suited to your needs. Read more Kaimhill Strollers 3 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 Seafield Walking Group Meet every second Wednesday, leaving from Countesswells Terminus at 9.15am. Busy group with 60 members, running various walks with options available for a long or short walk. Please contact Jenny Selbie for a booking sheet and an up to date list of upcoming walks. Email Seafield Walking Group St Mark's Church Rambling Group Small church group with regular walks, both longer and shorter. Please contact Ian Lord for more information about these walks. No set time or day for walks but programme is created 2 months in advance, please contact Ian Lord for more information. Church membership not required. Email St Marks' Church Rambling Group or contact via telephone - 01224 321882 Westhill Walkers Meeting at the Westhill Shopping Centre 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 but prospective members are invited to try a few walks prior to joining. Email Westhill Walkers or contact via telephone - 01224 740505 Kaimhill Strollers 2 Friendly group covering 5-7 miles on each walk, reasonable level of fitness required. Meeting every Thursday at 9.30am in the Community Wing of Kaimhill School. £4 charge for the minibus. Email Kaimhill Strollers 2 or contact via telephone - 01224 316775/782109 Mastrick Wanderers Well established group walking for up to 7 miles with some occasional hills. Meeting at 9.30am from the Mastrick Community Centre on Fridays. £6 for the minibus. Shorter walks available. Email Mastrick Wanderers or contact via telephone - 01224 783627 Bridge of Don Ramblers Social group of moderately fit ramblers running half day walks around the local area with some further afield walks. Annual fee paid to Grampian 50+ network. See website for more details. Email Bridge of Don Ramblers or contact via telephone - 01224 701160 Other Short Health Walks Other organisations across the city organise short walks based on the Health Walk model. Some walks are longer, some are aimed at specific groups and links to these organisations are below. Please contact them if you feel their walks are more suited to your needs. Read more Mastrick/Summerhill Ramblers 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 Ruthrieston Ramblers 1 & 2 Meet every second Thursday, meeting place will vary depending on the walk destination. Usually use bus passes to get to and from the destination. Small friendly group currently with 8/9 participants, doing short walks over good terrain with a maximum of 6 miles. Contact Wilma via telephone - 01224 572211 Seafield Walking Group Meet every second Wednesday, leaving from Countesswells Terminus at 9.15am. Busy group with 60 members, running various walks with options available for a long or short walk. Please contact Jenny Selbie for a booking sheet and an up-to-date list of upcoming walks. Email Seafield Walking Group St Mark's Church Rambling Group Small church group with regular walks, both short and longer. Please contact Ian Lord for more information about these walks. No set time or day for walks but programme is created 2 months in advance, please contact Ian Lord for more information. Church membership not required. Email St Mark's Church Rambling Group or contact via telephone - 01224 321882 Mastrick Strollers Well established group walking for up to 6 miles with no hills but may be some incline. Meeting at 9.30am from the Mastrick Community Centre on Fridays. £6 for the minibus. Longer walks available. Email Mastrick Strollers or contact via telephone - 01224 783627 Mastrick Amblers 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 from Mastrick Community Centre. £6 for the minibus. Email Mastrick Amblers or contact via telephone - 01224 783627 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: BHarrison@sportaberdeen.co.uk For futher information on all volunteering opportunities with Sport Aberdeen - visit our Volunteering page.