Tak­ing the next step to­wards bet­ter health

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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