Blogs

Plastic waste: the last straw?

22 February 2018 by Phil Pickin

A visit to the coast is the perfect way to blow away the winter blues, and you can look forward to plenty of spectacular sights. Increasingly, however, you may also spot things that are neither pleasant nor natural.

Ruth sitting on a rock looking out to sea as the sun sets

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.

A dog sitting on a beach with the shadows of two people stretching alongside it

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.

Steps down to a beach

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.

Seven Sisters South Downs

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.

Botany Bay

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.

Coast path opens

Another stretch of the coast, open for all

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.

White Cliffs Walking festival 2016

Have you tried a walking festival near you?

12 July 2016 by Ash Stally Chudasama

Summer is here, and so begins festival season! Festivals are a great way to experience the best of what Britain has to offer – whether it’s music, food, ale or walking.

Scottish views and vistas

Manifesto for a walking Scotland

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.

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Fifteen years on

30 November 2015 by Kate Ashbrook

Ramblers president Kate Ashbrook celebrates fifteen years of CRoW

Family hiking the South West Coast Path

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...

Beautiful fields

Anastasia French: hiking to Hertfordshire

07 January 2015 by Anastasia French

Here's the second instalment of Anastasia's week-long north walk.

Walking Class Hero looking out to sea

Walking Class Hero: standing in the breach

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.

The view from Primrose Hill

Anastasia French: the long walk north

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.

Moidart, near Fort William, Scotland

Helen Todd: the best coastline in the world?

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.

St Agnes viaduct, Cornwall

To the land's end

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".

Butterfly on plant

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?

Anastasia reaches the sea!

South to the sea - the final leg

06 March 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 final leg, disaster strikes and her most trusty companion - her Ordnance Survey map - blows out of my rucksack, never to be seen again. Will she still make it to the sea?

Path closure notice

An emotional iced bun

13 February 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 penultimate installment she finds the going tough, and wonders who she can turn to for an "emotional iced bun".

Je Thames plaque

Estuary english

05 February 2014 by Walking Class Hero

Walking Class Hero meditates on the transitional nature of estuaries by visiting Burnham-on-Crouch, on a gunmetal grey overcast day.

The Boy, aka Alfie the dog

Mysterious mills and marshes

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.

Pedestrians do not frack!

South to the Sea part 4 – fracking around

17 December 2013 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her fourth installment she is joined by her dad, her best friend and someone called Chick who used to know Aung San Suu Kyi, as she attempts to see some fracking.

Sidmouth, Devon

My addiction to long-distance paths

21 November 2013 by Peter Hyde

Peter Hyde describes the attraction - and addiction - of long-distance paths: "the sense of cumulative progress, of discovery, the feeling of wholeness when the path has the sort of natural integrity, and of course a feeling of achievement."

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...

Land's Emd

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.

Horton Country Park

South to the sea part 2 - starting out solo

29 October 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 second instalment she starts out solo and find it less of a walk in the park...

Walking with Simon Armitage at Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!

24 October 2013 by Walking Class Hero

I was in North Devon to join the poet Simon Armitage and walk a stretch of the South West Coast Path. A couple of years ago I accompanied Simon on a section of the Pennine Way for his book Walking Home, this year he’s writing the follow-up, imaginatively entitled Walking Away.

Paul Carter on the Broomway

The most perilous path

22 October 2013 by Paul Carter

Paul Carter describes his intense experience of walking the Broomway to Foulness Island: "The poor visibility that can rapidly envelope the sands and the ease by which it is possible to become disorientated and end up walking out to sea, mean that many people have died over the years by making the wrong judgment on this very hazardous route."

Ordnance Survey maps

South to the sea - part 1

18 October 2013 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with the idea to walk south to the sea - and she did it! In this first instalment she has Big Ben, some Elvis Presley lookalikes and a herd of deer for company as she heads southwest along the Thames Path.

Bath skyline

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?

Botany Bay, Thanet Coastal Path

Unexpected remoteness

19 September 2013 by Eugene Suggett

The sandy beaches and inlets and caves make Botany Bay an attraction ... the awesome sea-stacks, fashioned over time from the chalk cliffs by the waves, give it the type of desolate eeriness not normally expected.

The ice-cream team

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.

Walking the Wales Coast Path, credit William Renwick

When I walked out one morning

12 September 2013 by William Renwick

One April morning William Renwick packed a bag, slipped on his boots and walked out of his front door to begin a 1,040 mile adventure around the Wales Coast Path. Here is the second-part of his blog, where a storm cuts through his idyllic amblings. Will he make it home?

Wales Coast Path

Wales from my doorstep

04 September 2013 by William Renwick

One April morning William Renwick packed a bag, slipped on his boots and walked out of his front door to begin a 1,040 mile adventure around the newly opened Wales Coast Path. In part one of a special two-part blog, he describes stepping out one mid-spring morning...

Coastal access

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.

Members of the Cornwall Ramblers REACT team fixing a bridge

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.

Eugene Suggett enjoying the North Sea, Dengie Peninsula

Deceits of lapwings

20 February 2013 by Eugene Suggett

The unadorned Essex coast may lack the huge cliffs of Cape Wrath, and the dunes of Norfok or Lincolnshire. But the sights from Dengie’s uninterrupted sea wall conjure an atmosphere of their own.

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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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