Walkers from community groups across West Dunbartonshire have joined forces to celebrate National Walking Month.
Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol’s (DACA) Walk and Talk group invited walkers from local voluntary organisations to join them on their Step Count Challenge.
Armed with pedometers to measure their steps the 27 walkers from DACA, Y-Sort It, West Dunbartonshire Carers Centre and the Corra Foundation each headed from their premises in Dumbarton and Clydebank to the meeting point at Bowling Basin.
Before the walk each organisation had estimated the number of steps from their office to the Dug Café in Bowling Basin.
At the meeting point pedometers were checked against the estimates and the Carers Centre were announced as the winners and presented with a Step Count Trophy cup. Each walker also received a certificate of achievement.
Colin McMaster and Betty Burke from the Carers Centre commented: “We have a Walking Group with the Carers Centre and go on quite a few local walks and further afield.
“Walking definitely helps you to relax and takes your mind off your problems, particularly from a caring point of view it helps you switch off from everything, it’s a kind of mindfulness.
“It’s good physically as well because as you get older and have other responsibilities you don’t always look after yourself, walking is a great way to stay fit.”
Mary-Anne Richford, DACA’s Assistant Services Manager, said: “We wanted to do something with our partners which was a bit of fun to mark National Walking Month and encourage our clients and staff get out and enjoy some of our beautiful countryside.
“Walking has so many benefits for both physical and mental health and it is something that you can do at zero cost.
“Our Walk & Talk group meet every week and group members really notice the difference the walks make to their mood and sleeping patterns.
“When people cut back or stop drinking they want something to do to fill the hours they used to spend in the pub or drinking in the house. Getting out for a walk or joining a walking group is a great way to get fit, keep busy and meet new people – and there are plenty of beautiful walks right on our doorsteps.”
And Gillian Kirkwood, Manager of Y Sort It youth charity added: “It’s been good fun and great to see all the different organisations coming together to celebrate walking and also bring so many different age groups together.”
Several of the walkers decided to do the return journey on foot as well and the Corra walkers tweeted that they had clocked up over 24,000 steps by the time they got back to their homes in Castlehill.