Finer weather has seemed a far cry away with the wrath of the Beast from the East, dull, murky skies and unseasonably low temperatures throwing all they have at us thus far in 2018.

But as the weather, slowly but surely, begins to resemble something more akin to spring, it’s time to brush off the cobwebs, don the walking boots and get out and about.

Walking brings with it huge health benefits, both physically and mentally. It gets the circulation going, and provides an invigorating boost of endorphins to lift your mood and help relieve stress.

And taking part in a group walk can also be a fantastic way to branch out and develop your social circle – another great benefit for health in combatting loneliness and providing a way of meeting others with common interests.

There are a throng of walking events in and around Clydebank to look forward to in the coming brighter months to suit walkers of all ages and abilities.

The Clydebank Health Walk and Scoot, hosted by the WNCVS, is suitable for both walkers and anyone who needs to use a motorised mobility scooter to get out, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy a spot of fresh air and socialising.

Meeting at the band stand at Three Queen Square every Wednesday at 2.30pm (providing the weather is fine), there are currently two risk-assessed walk/scoot routes available.

There is another “Weekly Health Walk” handy for Clydebank locals, also hosted by WDCVS and volunteers, that starts on Solidarity Plaza just opposite Clydebank Town Hall every Thursday at 10am.

The hour-long stroll offers different routes each Thursday, ranging from a walk along the canal path to a trot along toward the Titan Crane.

And for anyone looking for walking group options out towards Old Kilpatrick, the Old Kilpatrick Health and Social Walk is led by trained volunteers, and has been running for more than three years, walking its way to over 150 walks.

They meet every Monday outside Sambalatte at 10.30am to set off at 10.45am in all weathers.

For further information on any of these walks, please give Daren at WDCVS a call on 0141 941 0886.