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Friends Lead the Way

Our weekly health walks featured in the April issue of the newsletter Health walkpublished by the Scottish Countryside Ranger Association. The Monday health walks, which are led by the Friends of Plean country Park, have started their third season. The first walk took place on the 5th March this year. During December, January and February many of the paths are very muddy and can be a bit dangerous so we give ourselves and the paths a rest.We had a gorgeous day for our first meeting of the year and a great turnout with seventeen walkers returning from last year and two new walkers joining the group.

 The benefits of walking are numerous including reducing the risk of heart disease. cancer.type 2 diabetes and depression. It is a great way to exercise, meet new people and be outdoors. It's also safe and it's free.Within the Friends group we have three walk leaders, all fully trained and insured, with the added benefit of having a real interest in Plean Country Park. We have a good network of paths and trails which means we are able to vary our routes depending on the weather conditions and the abilities of the walkers.

It is a great place to walk and watch the changes that occur in nature as they take place in the park. The wide variety of plants that appear and disappear throughout the year, the different colours as the seasons change; the birds calling and the squirrels darting up trees as you pass and disturb them eating-it all makes for a great way to improve your health.

As a walk leader and a Friend you feel good as you see how the fitness within the group improves, people make friendships and you are able to pass on some of the knowledge gained about the park. If you think you may be interested in becoming a walk leader please make enquiries through the contact us page.