Wales

Ramblers Cymru is the Welsh section of the charity.  We have over 40 groups in Wales who offer led walks every week of all lengths and difficulties.

Walking is a wonderful social outdoor activity and we believe in protecting Wales' unique network of public paths.  79% of Rights of Way in Wales are footpaths which can be used by walkers and 21% of our land area is accessible.

Walking also has an economic effect on our economy in Wales. Our economic value of walking report found that in 2009 an estimated 28 million walking trips were made to the Welsh countryside contributing £632 million.

Ramblers Cymru works to promote walking for pleasure, health, leisure and transport to everyone, of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, in towns and cities as well as in the countryside. We want Wales to be a place where people choose to go walking, contributing to their health and well being and supporting a more sustainable way of life.

We offer practical support to get people walking, and to sustain and increase the amount of walking they do, in a variety of ways. We provide organised led walks  through our network of volunteer areas and groups, ranging from short urban strolls to challenging highland hikes.

We also work with Welsh Government and Sport Wales to provide a network of health walks throughout Wales. This project is called Let's Walk Cymru. We currently coordinate support for the project, which in turn part funds our work to increase the opportunities for families and young people to enjoy the outdoors and walking in Wales under our Scramblers project.

As well as promoting walking, we've also supported major walking campaings:  

  • We successfully campaigned for the development of the 870 mile Wales Coastal path, opened in May 2012.
  • We worked hard to secure the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CRoW) 2000 which has been of enormous significance in confirming a right to walk in the mountains and wilder land of Wales, always with care for the land.
  • We were instrumental in the introduction of National Parks and National Trails. There are three National Trails in Wales; these are Glyndŵr’s Way, Offa’s Dyke (passing in and out of Wales) and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. More recently the Pilgrims Way heritage trail has opened.