The walks on offer have been planned to appeal to all levels of walker, from the leisurely paced strolls to the more serious hill walks, in both pace and duration. There a number of walks on each of the days, led by local people from walking groups such as The Ramblers and co-ordinated by the Clyde Muirshiel Countryside Ranger Service.
Mike Holcombe, Senior Countryside Ranger at Clyde Muirshiel said:
“It was great to see so many people signing up and giving us lots of positive feedback for the walks in 2018. This, coupled with the popularity of our own monthly ‘Walk with a Ranger’ it was felt that there really is a demand for walks in the Park, especially walks led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. This is what the Walking Festival is all about!
We are constantly being told that walking is good for you. The exercise coupled with the amazing views makes a walk in the Park good for you physically and mentally.
While many people make use of the Parks more popular trails, at 108sq miles there is so much more to explore, the walking festival aims to highlight the variety of wonderful walks available within Clyde Muirshiel. There are a variety of walks on offer so hopefully something for everyone – from those just discovering the pleasures of walking to those who have been walking for years who are looking for new ideas for an easily accessible full day hill walk in challenging terrain with fantastic views.”
Some of the easy walks on offer include ‘a Fairlie Awesome Walk’, and ‘Inverclyde Coastal Trail’ and take up to 2 hours. Moderate walks are approximately 4 hours in length and include, ‘The Greenock Cut’ while the strenuous full day walks include ‘Irish Law and Gogo Glen’ in North Ayrshire, ‘and ‘The 7 Reservoirs of Inverclyde’.
Full details of the walks on offer can be found and booked on the Regional Park website at http://clydemuirshiel.co.uk/walking-festival-2019/
All the walks begin from various locations around Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, some start at or near a train station on the line from Glasgow Central, allowing easy access for visitors and locals alike to use public transport.