Paths for All's vision is for a happier, healthier Scotland where physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all.
Our aim is to significantly increase the number of people who choose to walk in Scotland - whether that's leisure walking or active-choice walking to work, school or shops. We work to create more opportunities and better environments not just for walking, but also for cycling and other activities, to help make Scotland a more active, more prosperous, greener country.
We promote everyday walking for everyone in Scotland.
We have a very clear focus: we want to get Scotland walking: everyone, everyday, everywhere. We are talking about regular, easy, local walking. Walking that can be part of daily routines and family life. Walking to be enjoyed in groups or alone, at work or at home. Walking that takes place in city streets, community parks, local woodlands or coastal paths. This is walking that's relevant and accessible to us all: This is everyday walking.
We work to improve physical, mental and social health
We believe that everyday walking can be the key to improving the health and wellbeing of the Scottish people. By encouraging and supporting more people to take their first small step towards enjoying physical activity, we want to help fight some of Scotland's most pressing health issues: obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression and dementia. Creating more opportunities for walking helps to reduce loneliness and social isolation and creates health equalities for all. Everyday walking can help tackle all this and more: It can be life changing.
We work to improve the environment for people to be active.
We know people walking more is good for Scotland; delivering real benefits for health, transport, environment and the economy. So we do everything in our power to provide more opportunities and better spaces for walking and other activities. We are helping to improve and expand the network of multi-use paths for people living in and visiting Scotland to enjoy. We fund, train and support champions for local path groups. We work with all our partners to put everyday walking on the map.
Read our Annual Report for 2018/19 here.
We were founded as a Scottish charity in 1996. We are a partnership of 30 national organisations who share our vision for a happier, healthier Scotland. OSCR Registered Scottish Charity No SC025535. Company Limited by Guarantee No: 168554 incorporated 19 September 1996 at Companies House, Edinburgh