Scots are being asked to measure their walks and plot them against a historic route to mark the 175th anniversary of the ScotWays charity.
The Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society has organised a virtual journey from Forfar to Blair Atholl, with people able to record their own walks and see their equivalent progress along the 203-kilometre route.
The virtual journey will follow the route taken by early members of the organisation as they installed the first signposts on public rights of way through the Cairngorms in 1885.
Weâre off! Our Anniversary Challenge is live. You have 86 days to complete our 203km virtual journey from Forfar to Blair Atholl following in the footsteps of the first people to sign paths in the Cairngorms. @naughtiej tells you more https://t.co/35djzz30QR— ScotWays (@ScotWays) July 18, 2020
Saturday marked the 175th year since the formation of the charity, set up to uphold and promote public access rights in Scotland.
To celebrate the anniversary, ScotWays is releasing accounts of the original signposting trip, written by one of the participants on the 1885 expedition.
The accounts have been narrated by broadcaster James “Jim” Naughtie, with new chapters being released over the next seven days on the ScotWays website.
Celebrate - Get Fit - Improve Your Knowledge - Support a great cause— ScotWays (@ScotWays) July 18, 2020
Follow in the footsteps of ScotWays installing the 1st signposts in the Cairngorms. Let James Naughtie tell you more https://t.co/35djzz30QR #ScotWaysStravaig #ScotWays175 pic.twitter.com/vA73Ib3Rh6
The charity’s chief operating officer, Richard Barron, said: “We are the oldest outdoor recreation body in the world, this is our 175th anniversary and despite everything that has happened this year, we still wanted to celebrate this amazing achievement.
“This is everyone’s chance to connect with our history, heritage and wonderful countryside and walk in the footsteps of our pioneers.”