What are Medal Routes?

Medal Routes are three short circular walking routes that start and finish at the same location. These routes are designed to take approximately 15, 30 and 60 minutes. The starting/finishing point is called a Hub. We try to pick Hubs such as a café, sports centre, library, or health centre – somewhere that you can relax after your walk with a cup of tea or continue to do another activity or hobby. This project is about using local knowledge to create local routes for local people on local paths but visitors and tourists will be able to benefit from them too. All Medal Routes are available to download online.

Why was the project designed?

As a legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, we’ve designed our Medal Routes project to help people get more active and get to know the paths and green spaces in their local areas. Adults are encouraged to take part in 30 minutes of physical activity, five days a week (children 60 minutes).  Most people think physical activity means taking part in a sport, but there are lots of other ways to be physically active. One simple, affordable way of getting fitter is to go for a walk, so why not give a Medal Routes walk a go? Find a Medal Routes walk close to you.


Group of walkers


Be a part of something special

The Medal Routes project relies on the support of volunteers to help create recognised Walking Hubs and inspiring local walking routes. Find out more about how to get involved. Medal Routes is a partnership project funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, Paths for All,Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust and NHS Health Scotland. Ramblers Scotland would like to thank our partners for their financial and practical support for the project.




The aim of the plan is to get you walking briskly for at least half an hour on at least five days of the week.