Two Ellon ramblers were among participants in a two-day conference when the Grampian 50 + Network celebrated nearly 20 years of walking activities.
Ian Watson, chairman of Ellon Ramblers, and John Carter were among 100 delegates who gathered for a weekend of debating, and planning a walking strategy, while acknowledging the contribution the 50 + Network has made to the activity.
It was a great event, well organised, full of useful contributionsIan Watson Ellon Ramblers
Mr Watson said: “It was a great event, well organised, full of useful contributions, and a great opportunity to take the organisation forward.”
Mr Carter, who lives in Collieston, was equally enthusiastic and said: “Walking has become a very popular activity. The conference has helped us look at how we develop our local groups like our one in Ellon.”
Marjory D’Arcy, chair of the network, hailed the weekend as a great success.
She said: “This was our first attempt at holding a conference, but judging by the feedback from participants it will not be our last. The aim was to thank all 33 walking groups in Aberdeenshire for the major contribution they have made to community life.”
The event started with Cameron McNeish, a wilderness hiker and popular broadcaster and author, addressing the Aberdeen conference in a keynote speech.
Mrs D’Arcy said: “Cameron’s input went down particularly well, getting us off to a wonderful start. We then built on his contribution, leading to us plan for the future of walking in the area. It’s been a great experience for us all, including my hard-working committee.”