Autumn health walk at Dalbeattie

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Forestry Commission Scotland and the Stewarty Walking for Health Group are inviting the public to join them for an autumn walk in Dalbeattie Town Wood this weekend. (photo-opportunity – see Notes to News Editors)

The free event aims to encourage more people get active outdoors and use the two town entrances to the forest at Woodside and Spycraig, which have now been improved to make them more accessible. 

Starting at 10am on Saturday 13th October, walkers have the choice of either a one or two hour walk, depending on fitness levels.

Lesley Smith, Communities Officer with Forestry Commission Scotland in Dumfriesshire said:

“Autumn is a great time of year to get out and about. The air is fresh and the trees and wildlife are just starting to prepare for the coming winter.

“The Commission has invested in improving the two main entrances to the forest so we also wanted to make more walkers aware of this through our autumn walks.

“The walks are very relaxed and the emphasis is to simply enjoy some time out in the woodlands with new people.

“If you are new to walking then the shorter walk is perfect but if you feel like you have more energy then you can try the longer route – there’s no pressure either way.”

The meeting place is 10:00am at the phone box in the Water Street car park. Walkers will then make their way to the end of William Street and into the forest at the Woodside Entrance. If anyone wishes to join the walk at the forest entrance they can assemble at 10:15 at the Forestry Commission Scotland sign.

Forestry Commission Scotland is also celebrating the season by running a national autumn photograph competition on their page. 

The walking event is a joint project between Forestry Commission Scotland, Dalbeattie Forest Community Partnership Group, Stewarty Walking for Health Group and NHS Dumfries & Galloway.

Notes to news editors

1.   Photo-opportunity: media should meet Lesley Smith at 1015 at the Forestry Commission Scotland sign at Dalbeattie Town Wood.

2.  Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate
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4. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.

5. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6508.