Taking the next step towards better health
OVER the past few weeks, The
Oban Times and Lochaber Times have looked at health walks and ramblers easy-leisurely walks, but what if you want to take things a step further?
Lochaber and Lorn Ramblers, the local Ramblers’ Association group, offers a range of longer walks at different levels, starting with easy-leisurely and building up to strenuous.
This means that you can find walks to suit your level of fitness and enthusiasm.
Building on from easy-leisurely (6km- 8km and two to three hours, usually with a cafe at the end), there are leisurely day walks which tend to be between 10km and 12km and require you to bring a snack, drink and lunch. These walks are aimed at people with some country walking experience. They are mostly on paths with ascents less than 250m and are done at a leisurely pace.
The next level up is moderate, which are between 12km and 20km and with ascents of up to 500m. These are done at a moderate pace and some include steep or rough ground in open country.
Moderate-plus walks tend to include lower hills or passes between higher hills and are often pathless on steep or rough ground. The have ascents generally above 500m and up to 700m and take place at a brisk pace.
The final level, strenuous, includes big hills with rough terrain and some steep and/ or sustained climbs to summits with ascents of more than 800m. They are done at a brisk pace and require strength and stamina.
Each walk, at any level, is led by an experienced walker who can advise on appropriate footwear and clothing for safety and comfort.
These are, of course, group walks, but there is always space to walk on your own and take in the views and surroundings if you don’t feel like chatting.
Full information and contact details are available on the website www.lochaberandlornramblers.org.uk.