Reach Your Fitness Goals in the Commonwealth Woods

Forestry Commission Scotland is encouraging everyone to keep active and use their local woodland to reach their fitness goals this year.

The start of a new year brings optimism and excitement, but it also brings with it the pressure to be healthy and fit with the promotion of fitness regimes, new classes and offers on gym memberships.

But, being healthy and fit doesn’t have to cost a fortune or mean being stuck indoors for hours on a treadmill, many people don’t realise there is a fun free way to keep active and it is very close to home – your local woodland. 

There are 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow and each offers their own unique space for exercise. From mountain biking facilities and outdoor gyms to easy paths for a steady stroll there is no limit to what kind of exercise is possible in the woodlands. 

Hugh McNish, Forestry Commission Scotland’s Social Programme Manager, said: “The Commonwealth Woods are a legacy of the Commonwealth Games so it only seems right that we take advantage of them for physical activities. Woodlands are a great space for exercise no matter of your ability, on your own, with friends, family or in a group.

From Cuningar Loop’s woodland workout area with balance beams, sit up logs and pull up bars to Cathkin Braes mountain biking facilities available for everyone to use or Old Mine Nature Park’s two miles stretch of interlinking paths perfect for a walk, jog or run, there is something for everyone at their local Commonwealth Wood.

Hugh continues: “Enjoy exercise by getting outdoors in the fresh air and take advantage of the natural green space on your doorstep.”

To find out where your local woodland is visit:

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  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.