Fancy A Walk? We’re Here To Help

Volunteers from across the region are leading 25 weekly walks following a series of walk leader training courses provided by the Council’s Active Communities programme.


Following a year of walking during lockdown, the training opportunity received huge interest from volunteers who were keen to encourage more people to get out and enjoy our beautiful towns and villages.  The volunteers undertook various training ranging from Walk Leader, Strength and Balance and Nordic Pole Walking.  This has resulted in a range of walks being offered to people of all abilities.


Walking Group Day / Time Venue
Pole Walking Sun 10.30am McJerrow Park, Lockerbie
Pole Walking Mon 10am McJerrow Park, Lockerbie
Stroll in the Park Mon 1.30pm (starts Mon 16 Aug) Everholm Car Park, Annan
Pole Walking Thurs 5.30pm Everholm Car Park, Annan
Stroll in the Park Wed 1.30pm Springfield Primary School, Springfield
Community Walk Thurs 6.45pm Aldi Car Park, Annan
Pole Walking Mon 10.00am North Gateway Overflow Car park, Gretna
Stroll in the Park Wed 1.30pm Kiln Green bandstand, Langholm
Pole Walk Sat 10.30am Kiln Green bandstand, Langholm
Health Walk Tues 1.30pm Eaglesfield Church Hall
Health Walk Wed 10.00am Green Frog Garden Centre, Moffat
Health Walk Fri 10.00am Lochmaben Centre
Pole Walking Mon 10am Easterbrook Car Park, Crichton, Dumfries
Stroll in the Park Tues 1.30pm Easterbrook Car Park, Crichton, Dumfries
Power Walk Mon 9.15am Cupcake Café, Dock Park, Dumfries
Power Walk Tues 6.00pm Cupcake Café, Dock Park
Stroll in the Park Tues 1.30pm Carlingwark Car Park, Castle Douglas
Pole Walk Wed 6.30pm Carlingwark Car Park, Castle Douglas
Community Walk Tues 6pm The Fullarton Theatre, Castle Douglas
Health Walk Sat 10am Town Hall Car Park, Dalbeattie
Pole Walk Wed 6pm Dalbeattie Town Woods Car Park
Community ‘Family’ Walk Fri 10.00am Dalbeattie Learning Campus
Community Walk Tues 6pm Riverside Car Park, Newton Stewart
Stroll in the Park Thurs 1.30pm Car Park Entrance, Agnew Park, Stranraer
Community Walk Thurs 1.30pm Driftwood Café, Agnew Park, Stranraer






Stroll in the Park

Low level walks aimed at anyone who is living with or recovering from a long-term condition, or who may have limited mobility.  Ideal for anyone wishing to continue their recovery or maintain a level of fitness by means of developing strength and balance, confidence and enjoying being part of a group of like-minded people in the beautiful surroundings.


Health Walks

Walks aimed at inactive people who would benefit from doing more physical activity.  Ideal for people who haven’t been active in a while and would like to start again.  Walkers will be able to walk at a pace and length that suits their ability.


Pole Walking

Easy to moderate paced walks.  Walking with poles can provide stability and can reduce the strain on the lower body joints by sharing both the effort and body weight with the upper body muscles.  Pole walking can improve cardio-respiratory fitness, core strength, improve balance and assist breast cancer recovery.  The walks will be easy to moderate paced.  NOTE: Poles are not provided on the walks.


Community ‘Fitness’ Walks

Moderate to brisk paced walks which will allow the participants to benefit from a slightly increased pulse rate, faster breathing but still be able to maintain a conversation with others.  Ideal for anyone wishing to increase their overall fitness.


Power Walks

Faster paced walks which emphasis speed and arm motion as a means of increasing health benefits.


There is no need to book a place on the walks, participants can just turn up although some paperwork will be required to be completed if attending for the first time. For more information on our walking programme, contact [email protected]


Chair of Communities Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson said “It is great to see volunteers delivering new health and wellbeing focused walks in Dumfries & Galloway.  The introduction of such initiatives will help people live healthier and more independent lives as well as enhancing much needed social interaction.”


Vice Chair, Councillor John Martin said “These new walks are a great addition to the Active Communities activities within our local communities.  By continuing to promote physical activity we are contributing to the improved health and wellbeing of the people we serve.”