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Promoting an active and healthy Games legacy

Anna Mitchell, Communications Manager, Paths For All

Anna Mitchell explains how Legacy 2014 partner Paths For All is creating a legacy from the Games

Paths for All are a charity promoting everyday walking as the way to a healthier happier Scotland. We’ve been working with our partners to get more people enjoying the outdoors in Glasgow’s Commonwealth Woods, to create an active and healthy legacy from the Games.

The Commonwealth Woodland Walks project promotes physical activity in woods around Glasgow, encouraging the locals and visitors to use the outdoors for walking and active recreation. 

It focuses on eight woodlands, located in and around Easterhouse, Drumchapel, Erskine, Bothwell and Johnstone.

We have been running large and small community engagement events, independently and in partnership with local groups and organisations. These have promoted physical activity in the woods by using fun and interactive themes; including Halloween lantern walks, illuminated trails, photography walks, National Tree Dressing, a search for the Easterhouse Bunny and having fun with flags during the Queens Baton Relay.

In August we ran a walking festival – following on from the  Commonwealth Games -  including wildlife spotting and walks aimed at parents and children such as ‘Nature Detective Walks’ and ‘Pushy Parents Buggy Walks’.

We also developed a number of resources - including a graded map pack for Drumchapel, six Medal Routes and three Treasure Trails

The Drumchapel maps have proven to be very popular and in November, they were used to guide the route for a fundraising walk by a local school. 

Medal Routes can be found at: Bishop Loch, Easterhouse, Drumchapel, Castlemilk, Johnstone, Overtoun House.

Our Treasure Trail competition will close in March 2015 and, by promoting the activity via local schools and community centres, we hope to see a rise in participation.

This project is a partnership between Paths for All and Forestry Commission Scotland - part of Commonwealth Woods, a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.