18 January 2018 by Guest blogger
Alan Marlow, the Ramblers Hampshire area footpath and access officer, shares his views on why open access is important.
01 November 2017 by Jess Dolan
On her return as Ramblers Scotland director after a year on maternity leave, Jess Dolan reflects on the huge, positive impact walking has had on her life in the last 12 months.
25 October 2017 by Kate Conto
Think about the places you walk everyday – to work, to shops or to the park. At some point, most of us will have been put off walking because of the design of the built environment. So how can we persuade more people to walk for short journeys?
12 September 2017 by Kathrine Payne
The beautiful Pentland Hills near Edinburgh are enjoyed by 600,000 people a year; with most visiting to enjoy the area’s 100km of scenic paths and trails. Such experiences are made possible thanks to the hard work of a small army of path maintenance volunteers, including one very special 83-year-old: Arthur Mackenzie from Penicuik.
01 September 2017 by Nicky Philpott
Nicky Philpott, director of advocacy and engagement, takes a trip down memory lane to retell the history of the England Coast Path. Find out more about how the Ramblers helped make the path a reality.
18 August 2017 by Kate Conto
Our senior policy officer Kate Conto has been involved in the England Coast Path from the start. She tells us all about the highs and lows of this inspirational project.
11 August 2017 by Robert Peel
Our volunteer, Robert Peel, has been at the heart of the England Coast Path in Kent. He showcases the tireless work of the Kent volunteers in establishing the Kent stretch of the coast path.
06 June 2017 by George Redmayne
We owe much to our volunteer path maintenance teams across Britain who work tirelessly to ensure our paths are kept open and in good order. Walkers enjoy the benefits, but how many appreciate the work that goes into achieving those benefits? George Redmayne donned his outdoor gear to find out more.
30 May 2017 by Simon Barnett
Imagine the scene: you’ve walked for nearly 200 miles, climbed fell after fell and your body is tired. Oh so tired. And then you hit a problem...
18 May 2017 by Simon Barnett
What makes us take on crazy challenges? I'm about to climb 214 fells in a fortnight or so - what's your personal Everest?
08 May 2017 by Simon Barnett
Simon - who is attempting to climb all 214 Wainwrights in 15 days - runs through how the Wainwrights got their name and some of the record attempts in the Lakes.
27 April 2017 by Helen Todd
With the 2017 local elections looming in Scotland, Helen Todd says it's vital that outdoor interests engage with local democracy.
14 February 2017 by Eugene Suggett
On 14 and 15 February we will be contending a misinterpretation of the law in the High Court of Justice.
07 December 2016 by Eugene Suggett
Claiming an unrecorded right of way helps ensure a path is protected for public use, both now and in the future. Our senior policy officer, Eugene Suggett shares a recent example of how you can claim an unrecorded way.
10 November 2016 by Alison Hallas
Alison joins Norfolk Area Ramblers in a breezy Great Yarmouth for the launch celebration for the latest stretch of the England Coast Path.
09 September 2016 by Walking Class Hero
Walking Class Hero celebrates the urban, the grittiness and the street culture of London and assesses the brand new role of 'Walking and Cycling Commissioner' in the capital.
07 September 2016 by Helen Todd
Helen Todd reflects on how 'shared use' paths are working in Scotland - where cyclists, walkers, horse riders and paddlers have enjoyed equal rights of access since 2003.
06 June 2016 by Phil Pickin
Phil Pickin tells us why we should be going wild over the summer months – even if it’s only in our back garden
08 April 2016 by Helen Todd
As part of the 2016 Scottish Elections, there is a crying need for politicians to support walking & access, promote health, and protect the environment.
21 December 2015 by Justin Cooke
Did you know that, of the 1 million plus hectares of land across England and Wales, some 90% of them are open for the public to enjoy?
30 November 2015 by Kate Ashbrook
Ramblers president Kate Ashbrook celebrates fifteen years of CRoW
27 October 2015 by Andrew Allen
Journalist and campaigner Andrew Allen shows how a walking challenge can mean many different things.
06 May 2015 by Walking Class Hero
A city’s environmental credentials are an important factor in assessing its status. Walking Class Hero takes a look at New York and Glasgow to see how accessible and user-friendly their walking routes are.
22 October 2014 by Walking Class Hero
Walking Class Hero visits the Medmerry to see an innovative project by the Environment Agency to reduce flooding, offer a home for wildlife, and increase access for walkers and cyclists.
20 October 2014 by Eugene Suggett
14% of children aged two to 15 are obese. Eugene considers how walking to school would undoubtedly tackle this. But first, he says, we need to ensure that drivers understand the right to walk on roads when no pavement is available.
17 October 2014 by Anastasia French
When Anastasia French bid farewell to her campaigning role at the Ramblers, she did in the only way she knew how. She walked from London to the Norfolk coast. Here's the first installment of her week-long journey.
03 October 2014 by Kate Ashbrook
We were sad to hear of the hikers who were injured or killed by the Mount Ontake volcano. Our President Kate Ashbrook, who has visited Japan to talk about our path network, shares her thoughts on the role walking plays in Japanese culture.
16 September 2014 by Benedict Southworth
80 years ago, people wanting to escape the city and climb mountains, or explore wild moorland risked threats, harassment, and even arrest. Now, all open country (mountains, moor, heath, down and common land) in England and Wales is open for us to roam freely. In Scotland, you can walk (and camp) almost anywhere.
12 September 2014 by Ed Wilson
Ed visits the Isle of Mull and considers the valuable contribution volunteers make to society.
10 September 2014 by Helen Todd
With the referendum on Scottish independence imminent, we re-post an original blog from Ramblers Scotland campaigner Helen on the impacts a yes vote could have on walkers.
29 August 2014 by Dominic Bates
Dominic Bates tries his hand (and feet) at scrambling and wonders if this is the start of his transformation from jelly-legged to celebrated mountaineer...
26 August 2014 by Helen Todd
Helen explains that in Scotland, unlike in England and Wales, there is simply no need to campaign for a complete coast path.
15 August 2014 by Walking Class Hero
What does a Saxon chief called Snot, Gotham City and Dolly Parton have in common? Another walk with resident blogger Walking Class Hero of course. This month, the urban delights of Nottingham.
14 July 2014 by Mark Rowe
Mark Rowe on how he - or more accurately his wife and her lifelong cuddly penguin - survived an unexpected adventure in the Lake District.
04 July 2014 by Walking Class Hero
"I am unwilling to leave the world a worse place than I found it". Walking Class Hero on why the Ramblers fights to protect the things we take for granted when we go for a walk.
27 June 2014 by Ruth Somerville
With 1,200 species of butterflies and moths and some of the UK’s oldest woodland, the West Midlands’ Wyre Forest is a boon for walkers and naturalists alike. Yet for a long time, the Forest’s westernmost boundary in South Shropshire was inaccessible to walkers. Until Susan Sharp came along.
26 June 2014 by Tom Fewins
A city’s parks and open spaces are often referred to as its ‘green lungs’, however new research published today by The Heritage Lottery Fund suggests those lungs are in serious danger of running out of air.
16 June 2014 by Chris Grogan
"It started out as a game. Something my husband and I played when we were out walking together." Chris Grogan on how and why she and her husband created the long-distance route A Dales Way in Yorkshire.
10 June 2014 by Helen Todd
To go into the outdoors is to challenge yourself and leave behind the trappings of your comfortable, daily routine. Helen's latest blog is on how to enjoy planned adventures and survuve unintended ones!
02 June 2014 by Ed Wilson
It's Volunteers Week and we want to take a minute to stop and say thank you. Thank you for giving your time, skills and energy to the Ramblers and ensuring we can do what we do.
06 May 2014 by Sarah Gardner
At the land's end, a newly opened path that "climbs through tranquil woodland, with bluebell and wild garlic, and crosses a gentle stream full of the sounds of cascading water to take in a disused viaduct, home to curling ivy and nesting wild bees".
01 May 2014 by Dominic Bates
Dominic Bates, editor of Walk Magazine, 'fesses up to his fear of cattle and following some advice from a beef farmer learns how to walk near cows with confidence.
28 April 2014 by Eugene Suggett
Eugene joins Scarborough Ramblers and Robert Goodwill MP for a walk through Hilda Wood, near Hackness to enjoy the ramsons and to "air a few issues of national importance".
24 April 2014 by Walking Class Hero
Walking Class Hero explores Kings Cross and discovers how old and new sit alongside one another with tales of the Iceni, Harry Potter, the Beatles and the cross itself.
18 April 2014 by Julie Dexter
Julie Dexter on her first time volunteering as a blind guide with the Capital Walkers and the London Blind Rambling Club. Walking with the inspirational and poetic Mafoud, she explores the Lee Navigation.
14 April 2014 by Helen Todd
Helen Todd takes a trip to Copenhagen to talk walking (and cycling) with the European Ramblers' Association.
25 March 2014 by Walking Class Hero
Walking Class Hero visits the prehistoric Salisbury Plains and learns how the MoD is doing its level best to improve access to the magical and mythical terrain, via Project Ubique.
20 March 2014 by Ed Wilson
Historic paths are like a living museum, but their stories keep growing and changing as more feet pass over them. Ed ponder the importance of historic paths and the the footpath that links the real Larkrise to Candleford, in Oxfordshire.
17 March 2014 by Eugene Suggett
Hundreds of articles, bringing fascinating insights to aspects of footpath law, have landed on this blogger’s desk since 1990. Contributors have included lawyers, historians, representatives of the farming and landowning interests and local authority staff.
12 March 2014 by Kate Conto
Can we ever place an economic value on the natural environment and everything it does for us? Shouldn’t we just look after nature because it is the right thing to do morally?
03 February 2014 by Chris Woodley-Stewart
In the third of a series of blogs on walking in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Chris Woodley-Stewart and The Boy (Alfie the Collie) explore the wild Suffolk Coast at the turning of the year.
21 January 2014 by Eugene Suggett
Eugene Suggett ponders the nature of 'privacy' when it comes to public paths that run past people's houses.
09 December 2013 by Elly Hannigan Popp
How can we engage young people in the outdoors? Elly Hannigan Popp says it's really quite simple. We need to motivate them and provide them with the skills and experience that will help them in their future development.
19 November 2013 by Eugene Suggett
Eugene Suggett explains why judicial review is important in ensuring whether a public body such as the government, or a council, has acted within its powers or applied the law correctly in doing so.
15 November 2013 by Helen Todd
Helen Todd wonders if mobilising walkers via social media is the best way to resolve access issues in Scotland. What do you think?
15 May 2013 by Eugene Suggett
Ancient features like footpaths, and packhorse-trails, and driftways and halterways, and holloways and coffin-ways and pilgrim-ways are as much a part of our heritage as things on which we’d never now dream of setting a bulldozer such as stonehenges and castles.
30 July 2012 by Benedict Southworth
It’s hard to imagine what the world was like without the right to roam, national trails, and even rights of way on the Ordnance Survey maps. All things the Ramblers can be proud of...
17 April 2012 by Walking Class Hero
There’s a lot of talk about legacy these days. A lot of us walkers love our history. Mention the Ridgeway, for example, and more often than not you’ll be told that much of the 139km/87 miles National Trail follows an ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man.