Survey to shape walking strategy


Ramblers Scotland is calling on all regular walkers to have their say and help to shape a new 10-year vision for walking in Scotland.

From dog-walkers or people who commute to work on foot, to regualr Munro-baggers, the organisation is inviting Scots to complete a survey and share their thoughts.

And anyone who completes the online survey before January 31 will be in with the chance of winning some walking prizes.

David Thomson, convener of Ramblers Scotland, said that the exercise will help to develop a clear vision for the organisation

He said: “At a time when land reform is back on the political agenda and Scotland’s National Walking Strategy has recently been published, we are asking our members, and also members of the public who enjoy walking, to set out their thoughts on why walking is important.

“We’d like to know how we can make walking even more enjoyable for everyone in Scotland.

“Ramblers Scotland is the only organisation to represent the interests of all walkers, whether they are strolling around their local park, walking to the office, or standing at the top of Ben Nevis. We have a long and proud heritage as campaigners on access and countryside issues. But in 2015 it will be 10 years since the Scottish Parliament established world-beating access rights, and the walking public now mainly take access rights for granted.

“We have launched this survey as the first step in the process of developing a 10-year vision for Ramblers Scotland. We want to speak to as many Scottish walkers as possible, to find out what’s important to them. Their views will help shape our vision.”

The online survey is available at: Those who complete the survey before January 31 will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five walking-related items.

Prizes include two Berghaus Pulse soft-shell jackets, two Collins walking guides and a Berghaus beanie hat.