Stuart Maconie named as our new president

Broadcaster, writer and journalist Stuart Maconie has been named as our new president.


The keen walker and advocate of walkers’ rights is well known for his weekday BBC6 Music show Radcliffe and Maconie, his books, including The Pie At Night: In Search of the North at Play and Never Mind the Quantocks and for having climbed all 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District.


Here’s why Stuart’s looking forward to his role as president:



He said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been asked to be president of the Ramblers. It is not just a prestigious position, but one that will allow me to share some of my views, enthusiasms and passions with regard to our enjoyment of the outdoors.


“Like the originators of the movement and the organisation, I am a son of the industrial north and I both value and love the tranquility, uplift and adventure of walking in our beautiful country and also appreciated that our rights to enjoy it have been hard won and are never to be taken for granted.


“I hope to add my voice to those who seek to ensure the birthright that is free access to our open hills, moors, downs and wherever we put one foot in front of another for recreation.”


Stuart developed a love for walking during his time as deputy editor of the New Musical Express (NME), when he found walking to be an antidote to a busy life. Since then, he’s walked all 214 Wainwrights, completed the Hadrian’s Wall Path national trail and walked much of the South West Coast Path.


Vanessa Griffiths, chief executive said: “We are delighted that Stuart has been elected as our president. He is truly passionate about walking and walkers’ rights and we think he will be a great champion, not just for the Ramblers, but for walkers everywhere.”


Stuart was elected to the honorary position at our annual meeting (General Council) on Saturday (1 April 2017) in Southampton and hopes to use his presidency to encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors and get involved in protecting people’s rights to access the countryside.  


Great news - I love reading about Stuart's walking - his articles are full of passion - he will make a great president

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Linda Fernley

Great news and congratulations to Stuart; enthusiastic, totally down to earth, with a great sense of humour - can't think of a better person for president!

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Trevor Jenkins

Marvellous news! Can't wait to hear Stuart's views on walking and living the life. It will be written and expressed maconie style! Well done Ramblers for a great choice. Do we get Mark Radcliffe alongside him too? 😄👍

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Ash (at the Ramblers)

Thank you for your kind words - we're very excited too.

@Trevor - it's just Stuart as president, but I'm sure Mark will talk about his friends adventures and work on the show.

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Mick Smith

A very good appointment. I think Stuart will be a worthy President. He is the sort of person you would love to walk alongside.

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Simon Mills

Great to have a music and footie fan as president- takes rambling back to its roots...Ktf!

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Nicky Davis

I am very glad he has walkers rights high up on the agenda as we will need this to get rights of way properly recorded and protect path maintenance in these times of council cuts. But he doesn't much look the part in the video. Everyone knows jeans are a poor choice for walking in and he should be carrying some water as a bare minimum.

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Ash (at the Ramblers)

Thanks for the further kind words everyone.

@Nicky - Stuart was in between sessions on the radio show when he met us for filming. We were able to get around the paths of Manchester fine and not to worry - he had a bag with him (off camera) with water and protection against the persistent Manchester drizzle. Thanks for your comment.

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Excellent; a true walker, goes up and down antghing walkable! Congratulations.

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Alex Staniforth

Great news! Just what was needed: the ideal 'recruiting sergeant' for the Ramblers

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