Three new walking maps for Aberdeen were officially launched at Robert Gordon University (RGU) this week as part of Ramblers Scotland’s Medal Routes project to mark the countdown to the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Members of the local community, university students and staff and public health employees joined together at the university’s Garthdee campus to officially launch the new maps on Monday 14 April, exactly 100 days before the Games.
The maps feature short circular walking routes – Medal Routes – which start and finish at newly appointed walking ‘hubs’ – Marischal College, Aberdeen Sports Village and RGU: SPORT (part of the RGU campus).
The Medal Routes project is helping to deliver a physical activity legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by encouraging individuals and communities throughout Scotland to become more active.
Medal Routes are developed by identifying a walking ‘hub’ (such as a sports centre or community centre) and creating short circular routes of approximately 15, 30 and 60 minutes long - Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal Routes - starting and finishing at the hub.
“As a Games legacy project, Medal Routes provides encouragement for people to go for regular walks and we are pleased to launch three new walking maps in Aberdeen exactly 100 days before the Commonwealth Games begin,” said Rob Burns, Medal Routes Project Officer for Ramblers Scotland.
“We now have over 250 Medal Routes from almost 90 hubs throughout Scotland. Each route uses paths within local communities that many people don’t even know exist,” added Rob. “By walking for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week, people can watch the Commonwealth Games knowing that they are on the road to fitness too.”
The Medal Routes at RGU: Sport were mapped out by students and are part of the university’s plans to create a publically accessible network of pathways on campus, linking with other paths in Aberdeen as the council continues its programme to make Aberdeen a more active city.
“These new walking routes provide the ideal opportunity for folk to get out-and-about, enjoy some fresh air, take in the scenery, and learn about the local history while getting fitter” said Councillor Jenny Laing.
Aberdeen is one of many new Medal Routes locations and to celebrate, Ramblers Scotland is giving residents the chance to win an iPad Mini. To enter the competition simply try out a Medal Route walk in Aberdeen and let us know how you get on by completing a short survey.
There are also lots of opportunities to get involved with the Medal Routes project from helping to promote routes to identifying new ones. Find out more about volunteering opportunities.
The Medal Routes project in Aberdeen was supported by Aberdeen City Council, Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen Sports Village.