Ramblers Scotland are inviting walkers to contribute to a new 10-year 'vision' for walking, which will set out what the charity hopes to achieve. The first step in the process is a survey, in which anyone from dog walkers to hillwalkers can share their ideas.
The Ramblers remit is potentially very broad, and there must be at least some risk that concentrating on too many issues will dilute their effectiveness. So should the organisation prioritise wild land protection, or concentrate more on encouraging the less active to get out in their local park? Should they work harder to improve Scotland's path network, or lobby national and local government more vigorously on behalf of walkers' interests? What about promoting walking as a way to help save the NHS money? And where does access campaigning come in, now that access rights are enshrined in law - at least on paper?
'At a time when land reform is back on the political agenda and Scotland's National Walking Strategy has recently been published, we are asking our members, and also members of the public who enjoy walking, to set out their thoughts on why walking is important' said David Thomson, Convener of Ramblers Scotland.
'We'd like to know how we can make walking even more enjoyable for everyone in Scotland.'
'Ramblers Scotland is the only organisation to represent the interests of all walkers, whether they are strolling around their local park, walking to the office, or standing at the top of Ben Nevis.'
'We have a long and proud heritage as campaigners on access and countryside issues. But in 2015 it will be 10 years since the Scottish Parliament established world-beating access rights, and the walking public now mainly take access rights for granted.'
- The survey can be completed online before 31 January - see here. The results will then be discussed at Ramblers Scotland's annual conference in March.