Blogs

The benefits of access land

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.

North Hampshire Downs Ramblers step out for Children in Need

16 November 2017 by Guest blogger

Local Organiser Anne Collis joins North Hampshire Downs Ramblers on her first walk as they step out to raise money for Children in Need.

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A restorative walk by the sea

28 September 2017 by Ruth Latham

As we celebrate the announcement that Natural England has started work on all stretches of the England Coast Path, Ruth reflects on how a good walk by the sea helped her and her husband through a traumatic experience.

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Expanding coastal access in Wales

06 September 2017 by Rebecca Brough

Rebecca Brough, policy and advocacy manager for Ramblers Cymru, looks at the success of the Wales Coast Path and the opportunity this summer to extend access to coast and cliffs.

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The England Coast Past

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.

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England Coast Path - the whole story

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.

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Kent's unique coastline

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.

Walking the English Coast

04 August 2017 by Ruth Livingstone

Ruth Livingstone, coastal walker and Ramblers member takes us through her journey round the coast and tells us why paths are so important to her.

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I have a few problems – but they're not what you might think

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...

Misinterpretation of the law?

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.

Pathwatch launch week on Offa's Dyke

16 December 2016 by Pathwatch

Last month, our Pathwatch campaign launched with a week of path maintenance on Offa’s Dyke Path. Rambler’s delivery officer, Anna Brewster, rolled up her sleeves and got stuck in.

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How to get on the map

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.

Autumn budget statement

23 November 2016 by Tom Fewins

Standing at the despatch box in the House of Commons this lunchtime to deliver his Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond had little to splurge with as economic growth slows, inflation starts to bite, and forecasts warn of a bumpy ride ahead.

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Path maintenance teams off(a) to fantastic start on Offa's Dyke

17 November 2016 by Pathwatch

Our path maintenance teams do fantastic work keeping our rights of way clear. As part of our Pathwatch campaign, we're aiming to fix all path problems on Offa's Dyke this week and to get all rights of way well-maintained by 2020.

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Celebrating Pathwatch successes as new campaign launches

15 November 2016 by Pathwatch

If we don’t protect our right to roam and the network of paths open to us, we’ll lose them - and as a lifelong walker and lover of the outdoors, embracing Pathwatch was an imperative for Rachel Orange.

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How campaigning on walking can go a long way

13 May 2016 by Clare Wadd

Volunteer Clare Wadd, talks about how campaigning and walking go together.

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Why I Love London, Walk London

26 January 2016 by Sarah Clark

Sarah shares her love of walking in London, and why she’s supporting the Love London, Walk London campaign.

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Discovering the weird and wonderful thanks to CRoW

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?

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Five Things I Will Miss About The Big Pathwatch

16 December 2015 by Benedict Southworth

Ramblers chief executive Benedict Southworth looks back over our most ambitious survey ever.

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Fifteen years on

30 November 2015 by Kate Ashbrook

Ramblers president Kate Ashbrook celebrates fifteen years of CRoW

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Walking connects us to the world around us

27 October 2015 by Andrew Allen

Journalist and campaigner Andrew Allen shows how a walking challenge can mean many different things.

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Every walk can be an adventure

23 October 2015 by Tim and Kerry Meek

Looking to add challenge to a walk conjures up images of exertion, but making a walk more challenging does not have to mean something physical

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Adventures in foraging

05 October 2015 by Dumisani Nyathi

A young forager talks about how he got started finding food along the paths near his home.

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The Big Pathwatch

01 September 2015 by Walking Class Hero

With the Big Pathwatch moving into high gear, one walker describes the joy of discovery fuelled by the project.

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Gillian Grattan: family adventures on the coast path

27 May 2015 by Guest blogger

Gillian and her three children have made a pledge to hike the entire South West Coast Path from start to finish. They talk about how they've found it so far...

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Victoria Armitage: get media coverage to save your paths

30 March 2015 by Victoria Armitage

Ramblers in Cornwall do an estimated £20,000 worth of volunteer path maintenance each year!

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Victoria Armitage: using a petition

11 March 2015 by Victoria Armitage

Local Ramblers do some amazing work to keep our footpaths open. Some of that work is physically getting out there, with a pair of secateurs, and keeping vegetation at bay...

International Walk to School Month in Harlem, New York

Eugene Suggett: make the school run the school walk

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.

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Benedict Southworth: All paths lead to roam

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.

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Eugene Suggett: More time to cross and more places, too, please

04 September 2014 by Eugene Suggett

As Living Streets campaign for more time for people to cross busy roads, Eugene explains why government needs to put the pedestrian at the top of the chain.

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Walking Class Hero: M'learned friends

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.

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Parks and urban green space: back to the 80s?

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.

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Diversion tactics

24 June 2014 by Anastasia French

Anastasia joins volunteers in Essex to learn how they decide which path diversion applications to accept and which to oppose, and to see how they negotiate with landowners and council officers.

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It's time to say thank you

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.

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Transported to Turkey Carpet

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".

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Common ground in Copenhagen

14 April 2014 by Helen Todd

Helen Todd takes a trip to Copenhagen to talk walking (and cycling) with the European Ramblers' Association.

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A living museum

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.

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What is the value of nature?

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?

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Four wheels good, two legs bad

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.

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South to the sea - 100 akers of fun

13 January 2014 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her fifth installment she is walking through the 100 Aker Wood.

Fighting the Godmanchester case

Nothing more than cheap headlines?

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.

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Is citizen action the next step for walkers?

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?

Missing sign posts in Surrey

South to the sea part 3 - Rude tired

11 November 2013 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea - and she did it! In the third installment she has a near death experience and gets rude tired...

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To be beside the seaside

07 November 2013 by Ruth Livingstone

Ruth Livingstone has been walking around the British coastline in stages for the last three years. She tells us about discovering new and wonderful things in "this in-between place, where the sea meets the land".

Kate Ashbrook at the kissing gate she installed at Cobstone Hill, Turville, in the Chilterns

Defending access to the outdoors

04 November 2013 by Kate Ashbrook

Kate Ashbrook talks about what inspired her to start campaigning to defend access to the outdoors and why it's as important as ever in these austere times.

Ramblers staff and stakeholders at Victoria Tower Gardens, by Westminster

It's good to talk

30 October 2013 by Ruth Chambers

It’s not every day that a government minister says ‘we need you’ but that’s exactly what Environment Secretary Owen Paterson did yesterday emphasising the importance of expertise, passion and local understanding that organisations like the Ramblers bring to the table.

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Summer lovin'

24 September 2013 by Walking Class Hero

Whilst we look forward to autumn with early fogs and a hint of crisp in the air, Walking Class Hero is reminiscing about the wonderful summer of walking. But what would have made it even better?

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Making the case for coast

16 September 2013 by Anastasia French

A few years ago Government agreed to make a path around England’s coast – a very special path that opens up all beaches and foreshores and rolls back when nature takes over. At the time, it was hoped that we’d get that path within 10 years. 4 years on and there’s only one small stretch open.

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Go all out for the great outdoors debate

09 September 2013 by Benedict Southworth

We are the organisation that works for walkers, and with 9 million of you in England alone, we want to make sure we are representing your views, if the Ramblers is to steer the right course over the next few years.

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On a Walk n Talk

06 September 2013 by Mary Gough

We've started a big conversation with people all over the country to find out how to make the outdoors even more enjoyable, and determine our vision for the next 10 years. One of our volunteers, Mary, talks about the conversations she's been having with people who love the outdoors.

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Coasting along to nowhere?

02 September 2013 by Dominic Bates

Dominic Bates, editor of walk magazine, talks about the future of the England Coast Path and the challenges of keeping the magazine ahead of the game.

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Working for walkers

01 August 2013 by Sarah Gardner

The Ramblers knows how to work for walkers, and it knows how to have fun doing it. We recognise that we need to find our feet in a rapidly changing world, but we are as important now as we’ve ever been.

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Muddy work

31 March 2013 by Benedict Southworth

Last year the Ramblers helped 1200 people to safeguard their local paths, including most recently the historic Mud Lane, at Purton in Wiltshire, which had been neglected for decades.

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Staying true to our values

19 November 2012 by Benedict Southworth

Benedict Southworth, chief executive of the Ramblers talks about the future of the organisation and how we need to be able to build on our strengths, as well as changing the things that no longer work so well, or don't work for new generations of walkers.

Great Church Woods, North Downs Way National Trail

A national treasure

12 August 2012 by Sarah Gardner

The North Downs Way is a good place to unwind; 153 miles of the most diverse walking habitats, included the Kent and Surrey Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). They boast swathes of chalk grassland that support wildflower, herbs and mosses and rare butterfly, such as the Adonis Blue and the Chalk-hill Blue.

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If you enjoy walking thank a Rambler

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...

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