View of Braidburn Valley Park - August

Braidburn Valley Park

Awards

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Win Medals for Walking in the Park

The Friends of Braidburn Valley Park have contributed to the Ramblers Scotland Medal Routes Walking Project by developing three medal routes which include Braidburn Valley Park.

Logo for medal routes walking

Ramblers Scotland, with funding support from Scottish Natural Heritage, Paths for All and Ramblers Holidays, have developed a ‘Medal Routes’ project which aims to encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors by taking regular short walks on existing paths in their own neighbourhoods. Using local paths, Medal Routes help you to explore what is right on your doorstep. The idea is that you can get fitter as you progress from Bronze to Gold routes.

There are now at least 120 Walking Hubs established throughout Scotland, with a focus on the Central belt. Each Walking Hub has three ‘Medal’ Routes of different lengths (Bronze approx 15 minutes, Silver approx 30 minutes and Gold approx 1 hour). The walks are circular, starting and finishing at a ‘Walking Hub’ and in our case, the hub is at the entrance to Braidburn Valley Park at the junction between Greenbank Crescent and Comiston Road. Our Bronze route is an easy circular walk through the park. The Silver route also includes a circuit of Oxgangs Lochan and includes great views through the park out towards the city. The Gold route takes you through the park and up to the Caiystane and back. The routes can be downloaded from the Ramblers website. Braidburn Valley Medal Routes

Preview of Medal Routes App

If this idea interests you, the Medal Routes App has just been released. This allows you to find and walk hundreds of Medal Routes across the country. You will gain medals for every walk you complete and can set yourself a personal goal and monitor how you are getting. Visit https://medalroutes.org/ on your device to download. You will find other walks in Morningside, Edinburgh and all over Scotland.