top of page

Think Nature Health Walks

Think Nature Health Walks logo small.jpg

About the Project

The Think Nature Health Walks project supports a network of walking groups throughout rural Highland. Our walks help you to connect with nature, meet likeminded people and socialise, and to enjoy being more active outdoors. Walking in your local green space is a great way to support your health and wellbeing.

All walks are led by trained volunteers and are safe, fun and free! You’ll find a warm welcome and a walk at a pace and length that suits you, whatever your ability. Our walks often finish with a cuppa, and we regularly include nature, creative and heritage activities as part of our walk programmes throughout the year.

Find a Walk Near You

Follow Us

@thinknaturehealthwalks

Contact

Do you need further information or have any questions?
We would love to hear from you!

Isabel (small cropped).jpg

Health Walk Coordinator

Isabel McLeish

07385 380 642

Meet a Walking Group

This video was created by the Tongue Walking Group, who talk about what walking means to them, especially as part of a group. With huge thanks to all who took part and a special mention to Pete for producing the film and to Ruth for co-ordinating.

Newsletters

  • What kinds of walks are there?
    We support a network of health and buggy walk groups throughout rural Highland. We regularly include nature, creative and heritage activities as part of our walk programmes. Some of our Volunteer Health Walk Leaders also have Cancer Friendly, Dementia Friendly, Strength and Balance, and All Ability Training to enable our walking groups to be more accessible and inclusive.
  • What are health and buggy walks?
    Our walks: • are a supportive and welcoming way for you to enjoy the many benefits of being active outdoors. • are local, low level, accessible, safe, social, fun and free. • are led by trained volunteers on a risk assessed route. • are between 10 minutes and 1 hour long.
  • How do I know if a health walk is suitable for me?
    Our walks are aimed at those who would benefit from being more active, connecting with nature and meeting others. This could include people who haven’t been active for a while and would like to start again, people recovering from ill health or who are managing a long-term condition, and anyone who’s been told by a health professional that they would benefit from being more active. Our walks can support those with a whole range of physical and social health conditions, if you have any questions, please contact us.
  • What are the benefits of walking?
    • Connect with nature and appreciate local wildlife. • Meet likeminded people and socialise. • Enjoy being more active outdoors and getting some fresh air. • Increased fitness, improved mood, reduced pain and many other mental, physical and social benefits.
  • What equipment do I need?
    Our walks are local, low level and accessible so you don’t need any special equipment.
  • Do I need to book my place on a walk each time?
    Our walks are free to join and once you have registered there is no need to book ahead for future walks.
  • I don't see a walk near me - can I start my own group?
    Get in touch to find out how we can support you.
  • I'm a healthcare professional, can I signpost or refer people?
    If you are a healthcare professional with a client or patient that you think would benefit from joining a health walk, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch to find out more about our walks and to discuss any specific issues. We understand that sometimes people need a bit of support to join a walk for the first time and would like to help you make that process as easy as possible.
  • I enjoy walking and chatting - can I volunteer?
    Yes! We love to welcome new volunteer as walk leaders all the time. You would join the team of volunteers that lead your local walking group, and take turns helping plan or lead walks, welcome walkers to the group, or simply be a friendly face other walkers can chat with. You don’t need to help every week, the role is very flexible. We support you with a short and informal training session and ongoing opportunities to develop your skills. If you would like to find out more about volunteering, please contact us.
  • How do I add a new question & answer?
    To add a new FAQ follow these steps: 1. Manage FAQs from your site dashboard or in the Editor 2. Add a new question & answer 3. Assign your FAQ to a category 4. Save and publish. You can always come back and edit your FAQs.
  • Can I insert an image, video, or GIF in my FAQ?
    Yes. To add media follow these steps: 1. Manage FAQs from your site dashboard or in the Editor 2. Create a new FAQ or edit an existing one 3. From the answer text box click on the video, image or GIF icon 4. Add media from your library and save.
  • How do I edit or remove the 'Frequently Asked Questions' title?
    You can edit the title from the FAQ 'Settings' tab in the Editor. To remove the title from your mobile app go to the 'Site & App' tab in your Owner's app and customize.

Meet the team

Charlotte outdoors pic.jpg

Arts in Nature Project Manager

Charlotte Mackenzie

07385 380 756

charlotte@highlandtsi.org.uk

Isabel (small cropped).jpg

Health Walk Coordinator

Isabel McLeish

07385 380 642

isabel@highlandtsi.org.uk

Our Supporters

The Think Nature Health Walks project is hosted by HTSI and funded by Paths for All and NHS Highland.

HTSI Logo 22 Screen Transparent.png
paths for all.jpg
753px-NHS_Highland_logo.svg.png

Gallery

bottom of page