Walkers' Stories


Step_It_Up_Poolewe_-_Firemore_beach_May_2007Thousands of people across Scotland have discovered the benefits of walking through their involvement with a Paths for All supported project.  Each walker can tell you an individual story of how walking has really helped them to improve their mental, social or physical health.

They have all walked more, and felt the difference.

Please contact us if you think your experience of walking for health could be an inspiration to others.

Archie's story

Archie Boyd began walking with Walking for Wellbeing in 2003. Here he testifies how the group helped him through a very difficult period in his life.

Bert's story

Since retiring, Bert Hannah has walked his way back to better health.

Carol's story

Carol Owen, Volunteer Walk Leader with Put Your West Foot Forward Project won a 'West Lothian Volunteer of the Year' award.

Chris' story

Chris Campbell has always been a keen walker and was a member of Blairgowrie hill walking group.

Chrissie and Tom's story

Fife Council’s healthy walking initiative, ‘Bums off Seats’ gave two of their committed walkers a commemorative gift to mark them making their 400th walk.

Diana's story

Diana Findlay looks forward to her Active Ageing Health Walk every week.

Elizabeth and John's story

John and Elizabeth joined Ways to Walk walking group in Kilwinning separately, but soon found the walks allowed them to get to know each other better, so much so that they got married in July 2007!

Helen's story

Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. She walks with the Macmillan Walking Group in Glasgow, which has helped her health and she feels the benefits each time she walks with the group.

Jim's story

Jim volunteers because he believes you should give back as well as take out.

 John's story

John Anderson began walking with Islay’s Walkaboutabit scheme after he was diagnosed with ME, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. His involvement in the group has led to a great improvement in his health, as he tells us here.

Kirsten's story

Kirsten Fullerton is a 21 year old with a packed schedule! During an average week she fits in two sessions of badminton, a couple of trips out on her bike, a daily walk, two evenings at the swimming pool, and starts her day with some of sit ups!

Lily's story

Since joining the West Dunbartonshire Health Walks, Lilly has noticed an increase in her confidence, and a decrease in her weight.

Lily and Pat's story

Lily Johnstone and Pat Ironside have been walking with the Health All Round project in Edinburgh for almost two years now. Lily heard about the group through a friend and encouraged Pat to join too.

Lorraine's story

Lorraine Clarkson never imagined pushing a buggy would help her get active and make new friends on the way.

Memory Lane

Dundee City Council runs a series of historical lunchtime walks throughout the year to encourage staff to get some fresh air and renew their knowledge of the city.

Lunch break-out

Lunchtime walking helps Scottish Prison Service staff to break free from the afternoon slump.


Looking for a new idea for Spring Walks? Geo-cashing might be your answer. One of our walkers, Bert, from the Plodders Walking group in Glasgow has found that hiding caches along his routes on the canal path can be a great encouragement.