Stirling walking network

Interested in finding a fun and easy way to get fit, lose weight and meet new friends? If yes, come along and join one of our walks.

The Stirling walking network project comprises of volunteer lead walks in local communities to increase the health and wellbeing of those who attend the walks.  There is now a pathway of walks to take you from a gentle stroll to a more strenuous walk, enabling you to increase and maintain your fitness levels.

Stirling walking network timetable

Monday 24 February - Saturday 7 June 2014
For more information,  please contact Tricia Cumming on 0300 028 0101 or mobile 07557 439 111or e-mail

Who are the walks for?  Everyone    ..............

Free beginner walks (average 2km) are for those who are new to walking or wanting to increase their activity levels and those who may be recovering from an illness or operation.  These walks are usually on flat, even surfaces and last
between 30 - 45 minutes.

Paid longer walks (WALK FORWARD) - These walks (average 6-8km long) are for those who are looking for a more strenuous walk.  These walks are at a faster pace, can be on uneven surfaces and have some small hills/inclines.

Paid Community walks – West Stirling Villages – These walks (average 2-4km) are for regular walkers wanting some gentle exercise on reasonably flat, good surfaced paths.

New Nordic walking activity - Try this New Exciting Health & Wellbeing initiative!

What is Nordic walking?

Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience. With a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross country skiing. Nordic walking has the following benefits: -
  • Tones the upper & lower body at the same time
  • Reduces pressure on the knees & joints
  • Ideal for neck shoulder and back problems
  • Poles propel the walker along, making it easier to move faster than normal without feeling the effort
  • Great for the heart and lungs

Prior to attending our weekly nordic walks, participants should attend a training session to learn how to use the nordic walking poles. For further information on nordic walking contact Tricia on 07557 439111 or to put your name on the "Waiting List" for the next training session call our Bookings Team on 01786 448308.

New walks from April 2013 - From 8th April 2013 every Monday morning we are introduction a new shorter walk, 30 minutes or less from the front entrance of the Stirling Community Hospital to cater for those people undergoing physiotherapy or recovering from an injury/illness.  A great way to get back to fitness or take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.
Plean walk winter 2013/2014

The last walk in Plean Country Park will be Monday 28 October, and the regular Monday walk will restart in April 2014 when the paths will hopefully have recovered from the ravages of the winter weather. You are welocme to join anyother health walks in the programme during this period. Please contact Tricia on 07557 439111 or 0300 028 0101 to discuss the suitability of the other walks or Fran Barr on 01786 812723.

There are also longer community walks run through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme. Contact Tel No: 01786 475800. See link RSVP Walking Schedule April - June 2014
Walk in the park - Callander - weekly short walks around Callander take place on a Tuesday morning & afternoon and in Killin on a Wednesday morning.  For details of Loch Lomond and Trossachs Walk in the Park please click link.  For further information please contact Cathy Scott, Co-ordinator Walk in the Park Project on 01877 330055.


Getting started

Beginner health walks: Please arrive 10 minutes early on your first day in order to fill in a short health questionnaire.  No need to book.  These walks take place weekly in Plean Country Park, Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Killearn, St. Ninians, the Stirling Community Hospital, Raploch and the City Centre as well as locations in the National Park. Please call Active Stirling on 0300 028 0101 to request the schedule or for further details.

Paid longer walks: Please purchase a walking card (details on the download).  Walks will be stamped on your card.  The card is valid for a year from date of purchase.  Please see the timetable for payment details.

Volunteering: We are always looking for Volunteers.  The best place to start is to attend a local beginner walk in order to get a feel for the project and then contact Tricia Cumming  to discuss what is involved.


Walking is known to - Benefit mental health, improve health and fitness, protect against Illness and help manage weight.

Join us for a stroll, socialising and some fresh air. We look forward to seeing you!