Final steps for Ballater charity walking group

Ballater walkers will be strapping on their hiking boots for the last time this year as a charity holds its final health walk.

CLAN Cancer Support will hold its final health walk of the year in Ballater today (Friday, October 25) at 10.30am, starting from Glen Muick Church Hall.

The walk will be short, safe and social and is open to all of CLAN’s existing clients as well as anyone affected by cancer.

It will be led by a trained health walk leader, with a CLAN support volunteer also present.

Tea and coffees will be provided once the walk is complete.

This will be the last walk of the year before they begin again after the winter break.

For more information on the walks, please contact Gemma Powell on 013397 56318 or email

CLAN Cancer Support is an independent charity which provides comfort, support and information, free of charge, for anyone affected by any type of cancer. The charity has been active in the Upper Deeside village since 2007 but the health walks got started in March this year.

Taking in a variety of paths, walkers can take a break from their troubles and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery that the area is renowned for.

There can also be a social benefit to the walks, with the walkers able to engage with others who are suffering.

Attendance on the strolls varies from two to eight generally.

Gemma Powell, Aberdeenshire area services co-ordinator, said: “Our popular health walks allow those who are affected by cancer in any way to speak with CLAN’s support personnel in a relaxed environment alongside undertaking a spot of gentle exercise.

“(There are) lots of advantages, the social side of meeting and chatting with others... gentle exercise in a safe environment with trained walk leaders who have risk assessed the routes and can tailor each walk to the needs of the group, so nobody is out of their comfort zone but still getting the health benefits of walking. Particularly good for those who are recovering from treatment or surgery and need safe and shorter spells of gentle exercise.”