Get out and about on Aberfoyle walking trails

Interested in finding a free, fun and easy way to get fit, meet friends and lose weight?

Then why not take part in a series of health walks that will get you out and about in some of the most spectacular scenery around Aberfoyle.

Iain Hughes, one of the Forestry Commission team that will be leading the walks, said: “This is ideal for people who like to get out and about but it’s also the perfect introduction to trail walking for everyone who would like to get a bit fitter and enjoy more of an outdoors life.

“Each of the walks lasts about 45 minutes and none of them are too challenging so it’s the perfect way to ease yourself into some regular outdoor exercise.

“We’ll be enjoying a good mix of routes, too. From walks around Flanders Moss or treks to lochs and lochans, a wander along a National Cycle Route or a visit to the trails around Forestry Commission Scotland’s Lodge, Forest Visitor Centre, there will be plenty to keep you enthralled and amazed – even on a wet day!

“The walks will take place every Monday from July to September – and you can join in as many as you like. But be warned - if you try one, you’ll probably be back for more!”

Walk in the Park is sponsored by Forestry Commission Scotland, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Stirling Council, Paths for All, and NHS Forth Valley.

The programme will run from Monday, July 1 until Monday, September 30 and the meeting point for all walks will be the car park behind the Scottish Wool Centre, Aberfoyle.

Some of the walks will require travel by car from the centre so car share will be necessary.

Forestry Commission Scotland and National Park staff will be on hand on some of the walks to provide expert local knowledge.

Details of all of the walks - including maps - can be found on the Walk4Life website.

Walks will also be listed on Forestry Commission Scotland’s facebook page www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests and on the national park website, http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/ under walk in the park.

Alternatively call 01389 722600 for more information.