Get fit for free at Falkirk

Forest Enterprise Scotland is encouraging local residents, families and groups to get outdoors and join in a Braveheart walk at Callendar Wood this year.    

If you’re looking to kick start your new year’s fitness regime, meet new people or just want to spend more time outdoors, taking a walk through the woodlands is definitely for you. 

Walking charity, The Braveheart Association, has been running guided walks throughout Callendar Woods for four years and offers a great opportunity for people to improve and maintain fitness, feel better physically and mentally, lose weight and make new friends.  

Led by trained walk leaders, the weekly walks are for all ages, abilities, and fitness levels, with the aim of supporting adults in becoming more active. 

Gordon Harper, Community Ranger at Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “Walking is a really great form of exercise and allows everyone to go at their own pace.  The Braveheart walks offer the opportunity for people to have some company, mix with other people from the local area and maybe meet some new faces.” 

Eva Finlayson, Walking Development Officer at The Braveheart Association, said: “Braveheart has been running its guided walks since 2013 and we have seen a 16% increase in the number of people who come to join us each week.  It’s really great to see how well everyone gets on, improvements in people’s abilities and health.  We’d love to have more members come along and join our Braveheart family.” 

Gordon continues: “At Forest Enterprise Scotland, we are committed to encouraging people to get outdoors and get active whether that’s walking, running, cycling or something more extreme such as mountain biking or horse-riding.  The woodlands offer people a great green space to keep healthy and active, we want everyone to enjoy the woodlands that are on their doorstep.”

The walks also help to support various individuals and groups; Dementia Friendly walks, Sensory Centre and RNIB support on walks, Epilepsy awareness on walks, and Addiction Support Counselling.  For more information on all Braveheart walks, please contact Eva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit  


Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.