Links Worker Programme Annual Walking Event 24th August 2016
The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area of Scotland; this being the inspiration to select the Kelpies as a great site to visit and once again promote the benefits to walking.
Just like the Helix, this celebration is a chance to bring people from different communities together who have taken part on walking activities provided by Community Links Practitioners in Drumchapel, Easterhouse, Govan, Pollock and Possil.
Supported by Paths for All and fantastic Scottish weather the event was attended by 32 people, all coming together for the first time. The organised bus met everyone at a central point, meaning participants were supported in different ways to get to the bus. The 35 minute journey was useful as participants chatted about their day and found the time valuable when meeting new people with similar interests and reasons for participating in the local area walking groups. Some had made great efforts to come along for various reasons, but none regretted coming:
“It was great to meet people from other parts of the city”
“I’ve never been here before, thanks for inviting me” “this is the most I’ve walked in years”
“I’ve been doing a wee half hour walk after dinner for the last few weeks, this walk today has given me the confidence to increase it”
“I loved every minute, i had a fantastic time”
“Thank you for the opportunity to see these lovely creatures, I would never of had the opportunity if you hadn’t of asked”
Armed with water, fruit and suntan lotion, the hour-long walk took us around the helix taking in the sights of the magnificent Kelpies, through the woodland running alongside the River Cannon. As the woodland cleared we came across pieces of public art named Love and Kisses, which is a large-scale piece depicting a heart and an interactive sculpture known as The Human Sun Clock.
Our spritely and enchanting walk which was overarched by chatter and laughter was followed by a lovely lunch before heading home. Some departing comments from participants were:
“I know more people than I did this morning, I’ve had a great day”
“Today’s my birthday, I’ve had the most wonderful day, it has been amazing”
GP quote the following day “I’ve just had Mary in, she was telling me all about the Kelpies, what a difference in her today”