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Voices of the Walk

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Voices of the Walk is Paths for All’s everyday walking podcast. Our mission is to get Scotland walking; everyone, everywhere and everyday. In this podcast, we’ll be hearing from a variety of Scotland’s walking champions who are helping make our vision a reality.

Voices of the Walk is Paths for All’s everyday walking podcast. Our mission is to get Scotland walking; everyone, everywhere and everyday. In this podcast, we’ll be hearing from a variety of Scotland’s walking champions who are helping make our vision a reality.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Voices of the Walk is Paths for All’s everyday walking podcast. Our mission is to get Scotland walking; everyone, everywhere and everyday. In this podcast, we’ll be hearing from a variety of Scotland’s walking champions who are helping make our vision a reality.

Twitter:

@PathsforAll

Language:

English

Contact:

01786 641851


Episodes

Series highlights

5/7/2021
To mark National Walking Month, we take a listen back to some memorable moments from the first series of Voices of the Walk. Thank you to all our guests from the last 12 episodes who all believe so passionately in the power of walking.

Duration:00:15:48

Recognising the beauty of connecting with nature

3/24/2021
During our six-week Walking with Nature campaign, we encouraged everyone to appreciate their natural surroundings on daily walks. From listening to and observing birds to performing small acts of kindness that keep our walking routes safe and pleasant for everyone, the campaign aimed to help people unwind and enjoy the small, simple things. In this episode, we talk to University of Derby lecturer Caroline Harvey and PhD student Lea Barbett to explain why we can benefit from connecting with...

Duration:00:17:13

Staying socially connected while physically distant

12/10/2020
Joyous, therapeutic, invaluable, connection - just some of the words used by our podcast guests to describe Health Walks. In this podcast episode, we hear from walkers and volunteer Walk Leaders who explain their relationship with walking during a turbulent year. Our seven guests tell us what Health Walks meant to them pre-Covid, what they felt about walking during lockdown, and how it felt to be with others again when restrictions started to ease. We hear from walkers who say Health...

Duration:00:21:34

Shane O'Mara: The new science behind walking and why it's good for us

11/23/2020
Following on from his keynote at the Paths for All 2020 Expert Lecture, we caught up with renowned neuroscientist Shane O'Mara to revisit the highlights from his presentation and put the audience's questions to him. During this episode, Professor O'Mara explains the ways walking can help protect us this winter, and his thoughts on walking for wellbeing. He also answers questions from delegates who attended our online Expert Lecture including Dr Fiona Wynde, Senior Evidence and Influencing...

Duration:00:14:25

Finding solace with walking during lockdown

8/28/2020
We've all felt the effects of Covid-19. Our routines have been disrupted and restrictions have separated us from friends and family. Through our Humans of the Walk campaign, we have been able to shine a spotlight on what the wonder of walking has meant to people across Scotland through lockdown. In this special Voices of the Walk episode, we hear how walking brought solace and comfort to people challenges during lockdown, from job losses to being isolated or separated from family and...

Duration:00:13:00

Nanette Mutrie: New focus on "forgotten" Strength and Balance guidelines

5/7/2020
Thanks to video conferencing, we caught up with renowned physical activity champion, Professor Nanette Mutrie MBE. In this podcast episode, Nanette shares with us her how she likes to keep active, her career highlights so far and the new projects she’s involved with. We also learn more about the role she played in the creation of the new Chief Medical Officers Physical Activity Guidelines published in September 2019 and what’s happening now to make sure these recommendations are...

Duration:00:40:02

Elissa Wilson: How walking can support a dementia friendly community

4/29/2020
We caught up with Elissa Wilson over Zoom to find out about her role as Volunteer Walk Leader and committee member at Dementia Friendly Prestwick. In this episode of Voices of the Walk, Elissa discusses how Dementia Friendly Prestwick has established a successful Health Walk in Prestwick. Their weekly walk is open to the whole community and makes use of the town’s promenade on the Ayrshire coast. We find out about what makes a walk dementia friendly and the benefits that being physically...

Duration:00:28:33

Senga McLeod and Heather Macleod: Coordinating Health Walks for 25 years

11/28/2019
With over 25 years’ experience of coordinating Health Walks between them, Senga McLeod and Heather Macleod have seen first-hand the difference walking makes to so many people. In this podcast episode, they chat to Walking for Health Development Officer Nicole Bell about their roles, the impact that Health Walks have on individuals and the community, and the contribution of their fantastic volunteer network. They also share their views on what makes a great Walking for Health project and...

Duration:00:27:18

Professor Jeff French: Social Marketing for an Active Nation

11/1/2019
In this episode of Voices of the Walk, Paths for All’s Communications and Marketing Officer, Deborah Fox, is joined by Professor Jeff French, thought leader in the fields of behavioural influence, Social Marketing, social communication and citizen focused programme planning and evaluation – and keynote speaker at Paths for All’s 2019 Expert Lecture. Jeff is a visiting Professor at Brighton University and a Fellow at Kings College London University. He has published over 100 academic papers...

Duration:00:20:18

Gillian Craig: Paths for All's Community Path Volunteer of the Year

10/4/2019
In this episode of Voices of the Walk, Paths for All’s Technical Officer Graeme Anderson talks with our Community Path Volunteer of the Year Gillian Craig. Gillian joined Ayrshire Coastal Path three years ago to carry out maintenance work on the 100-mile walking route from Glenapp to Skelmorlie. Since then Gillian has gone on to recruit new volunteers, increase awareness of the path through social media and leading organised walks and has become a member of the group’s management...

Duration:00:25:59

Alec Finlay: The art of going for a walk

6/26/2019
Alec Finlay is an internationally recognised artist and poet. Alec's work crosses over a range of media and forms including poetry, sculpture, print and digital media. We were lucky enough to have Alec run a workshop at our recent Scottish Health Walk Network Conference, which was hugely popular, so we thought it would be great to hear more about his work and how it links with Paths for All’s mission to get Scotland Walking. In this episode, Alec describes how walking and landscape inform...

Duration:00:31:31

Jenny Lim: the first steps of the Big Fit Walk

6/7/2019
Dr Jenny Lim worked as a GP in Grangemouth, Falkirk, for over 20 years and developed a strong interest in working with young people to promote health and wellbeing. Working with 11-year-olds from local primary schools, colleagues and Falkirk Community Trust, Jenny was behind the first Big Fit Walk, a series of 30-minute walk for all ages and abilities. In this episode, Jenny talks of her pride at being so heavily involved in the development of an event which was fun, free, inclusive and...

Duration:00:30:17

Mary Allison: researching the impact of the Step Count Challenge

3/31/2019
In this episode of Voices of the Walk, we talk to Mary Allison. Mary is currently half way through a PhD at The University of Edinburgh's Physical Activity for Health Research Centre looking at the impact of Paths for All's workplace Step Count Challenge. We find out about Mary's findings so far and her reflections on walking, the workplace and the importance of accessing greenspace in helping us all cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life. The Step Count Challenge has been...

Duration:00:26:03