Health Walkers spring clean the John Muir Way

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The W.A.L.K East Dunbartonshire Thursday Health Walk group in Kirkintilloch have been walking the John Muir Way in small sections. Learning about John Muir and his passion for protecting the environment has inspired the group to tackle environmental problems in their town.

The intrepid Health Walk group decided to organise a litter pick on Thursday 26th April on the Strathkelvin Railway path towards Milton of Campsie. This is part of the John Muir Way long distance route in Kirkintilloch.

John Muir Way Litter PickWalk Leader Jim Hood said: “The Health Walk litter pick turned out to be very successful and in about 30 minutes we had filled about 18 bags of rubbish. We decided to organise a litter pick on the long-distance route to make the path more attractive and safe for walkers, cyclists and wildlife.

I would like to thank all the walkers and Walk Leaders who helped, as well as Ivor McClure for organising tools and bags. It was a very worthwhile exercise and due to its popularity, we are going to plan more litter picks in the future.”

The group are undertaking a John Muir Challenge to walk the entire John Muir Way in small sections. To date they have walked between Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Bo-ness, covering approximately 17 miles or 28 km. 12 of the group have completed 12 out of 20 sections, and another 5 have achieved 10 sections.

Not only have the group enjoyed walking parts of the John Muir Way over the winter months, they have been on a guided tour of the Glasgow Necropolis and 13 Clyde Bridges, starting at Govan, and walking west to the city centre.

Health Walks do so much more than just get you active. They get you discovering and caring about your community. Find your local Health Walk and enjoy exploring where you live.

Find out more about W.A.L.K East Dunbartonshire on their website.

Find out more about the John Muir Way on their website.

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