25 May 2018 by Steve Rawlins
Whether you go with friends, family or a walking group, heading off to the hills for a weekend away can create great memories. But the secret to success is all in the planning…
25 May 2018 by Phil Pickin
For those of us who enjoy the countryside, it will come as no surprise that increasing numbers of people have acknowledged a direct link between access to nature and good mental health.
20 March 2018 by Kate Ashbrook
Kate Ashbrook reflects on Jerry Pearlman - an honorary solicitor for the Ramblers for more than 30 years, taking on countless path battles and campaigneing for freedom to roam on open country.
06 March 2018 by Kate Conto
Parks in towns and cities are the way that most of us engage with and benefit from contact with the natural environment. It is therefore vital that the Government’s 25 year plan to improve the environment must include ambitions for urban settings.
06 February 2018 by Alison Hallas
Following the launch of the Government's long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan, our policy officer, Alison Hallas, looks at what the plan actually offers to those of us who love walking.
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.
12 January 2018 by Phil Pickin
Peatlands alleviate flooding, store carbon and are home to a range of wildlife. Phil Pickin discusses the restoration of these areas and best places to walk.
08 December 2017 by Matthew Jones
Editor of walk, Matt Jones, on why he loves a Boxing Day stroll and is determined to make the most of the colder months this winter.
24 November 2017 by Brian Jones
Ramblers’ resident stargazer Brian Jones gives us reasons to head outside and check out the night sky. This winter we cast our gaze upwards and seek out the celestial dove Columba.
06 October 2017 by Brian Jones
Ramblers’ resident stargazer Brian Jones gives us reasons to head outside and check out the night sky. For autumn, we turn our attention to the tiny constellation Equuleus.
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.
08 September 2017 by Paul Stancliffe
As the days shorten and temperatures fall, our beaches come into their own for birds. Who says Britain’s beaches are just for the summer?
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.
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.
25 August 2017 by Phil Pickin
Journalist and photographer Phil Pickin discusses the downsides and redeeming qualities of the humble bramble.
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.
27 July 2017 by Brian Jones
Ramblers’ resident stargazer Brian Jones gives us reasons to head outside and check out the night sky. This summer we look at the southern crown, know as Corona Australis.
01 July 2017 by Alison Hallas
We are regularly out walking in our favourite places and can see first-hand the impact of a changing climate. We join with other environmental charities to press for greater protection for our habitats, air and water, to make our environment better able to withstand the effects of climate change
14 June 2017 by Paul Stancliffe
With the breeding season in full swing, young birds can often be spotted in our gardens and countryside, often accompanied by their parents – though you may not always be able to tell.
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...
25 May 2017 by Phil Pickin
Although they’ve been out and about since spring, it’s during the summer months that we notice the butterflies.
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.
26 April 2017 by Simon Barnett
This spring, I’m going to attempt to climb all the 214 Wainwright fells in one continuous route - as a holiday.
13 April 2017 by Paul Stancliffe
When the days finally lengthen and the warmth of the sun can be felt breathing new life into the countryside, our birds suddenly spring into life. Our birdwatching expert, Paul Stancliffe, discusses the wonderful colours of breeding birds this spring.
30 March 2017 by Brian Jones
Although Crux (the Cross) is the smallest in area of all the constellations, it is also one of the most famous. It is depicted on the flags of countries like Australia and New Zealand, and found on many postage stamps as well as on coins, banknotes and innumerable paintings.
24 February 2017 by Phil Pickin
With the hours of daylight lengthening and the weather turning just that little bit warmer, it can only mean one thing – spring is on its way.
31 January 2017 by Brian Jones
Brian Jones takes a look at the night sky this winter. Happy stargazing!
18 January 2017 by Charlotte Pike
Warming and sustaining recipes from Award-winning food writer Charlotte Pike for the winter.
01 January 2017 by Walking Class Hero
The best way to satisfy ‘the urge to affiliate with other forms of life’ is to go for a good walk.
05 December 2016 by Phil Pickin
Although it may not be the best weather for getting out and about, cold, crisp days are a great time to get outside. What could be better than a frost-covered landscape seen against a clear blue sky?
25 November 2016 by Paul Stancliffe
Winter is coming. Paul Stancliffe looks at our wild birds and how they spend the cold months in search of food and company.
06 October 2016 by Phil Pickin
Phil Pickin looks at climate change and its effects on nature.
22 September 2016 by Paul Stancliffe
Paul Stancliffe takes a look at our autumn birds.
09 September 2016 by Brian Jones
As autumn gets into full swing, Brian Jones takes a look at the night sky...
22 July 2016 by Walking Class Hero
You’ll have probably have heard of the New York High Line. Walking Class Hero explores the walk and other urban, linear, high line parks in Paris, London and Manchester.
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.
01 July 2016 by Roberta Antonaci
Physical inactivity is killing us, with a lack of exercise now causing 1 in 6 deaths in the UK. Fortunately there is an answer, and it lies at your feet.
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.
09 December 2015 by Brian Jones
Celebrating the winter months with a celestial showpiece, Brian Jones explains how to see Andromeda and her galaxy…
05 October 2015 by Dumisani Nyathi
A young forager talks about how he got started finding food along the paths near his home.
18 September 2015 by Helen Todd
Helen Todd explores her passion for bagging in the mountains of Scotland
26 August 2015 by Charlotte Pike
Food writer Charlotte Pike is celebrating the launch of her new book, Fermented, so she’s sharing her recipe for roasted vegetables with miso sauce with walk readers. It’s the perfect seasonal warmer after a good day’s walking…
19 May 2015 by Ally Mac
Taking the best of our British crops and a little foraging, food blogger Ally Mac turns them into something light and healthy to enjoy after those walks in the summer sun
12 May 2015 by Phil Pickin
Wildlife expert Phil Pickin urges us all to take note of the wildlife that’s right under our feet.
28 April 2015 by Paul Stancliffe
As summer gets into full swing, Paul Stancliffe tells us why it’s the perfect time of year for birdwatching in Britain’s beautiful and abundant woodland
21 April 2015 by Brian Jones
Walk’s resident stargazer Brian Jones introduces us to the constellation of Sextans (the sextant), which is most visible in April
17 March 2015 by Guest blogger
Whether Saint Augustine said it first or he repeated what he had overheard elsewhere, it is true, things can be solved by walking.
27 February 2015 by Brian Jones
Ramblers’ resident stargazer Brian Jones gives us reasons to head outside and check out the night sky, as well as a sneak peak at the details of his new book on stargazing
20 January 2015 by Beth Pipe
Clear blue skies mean perfect picnics, regardless of whether it’s the middle of summer or winter.
22 December 2014 by Helen Todd
Campaign manager for Ramblers Scotland discusses the impact of camping bans in Scotland.
28 November 2014 by Paul Stancliffe
Paul Stancliffe from the British Trust for Ornithology talks about changing birdlife to look out for in the UK in autumn
12 November 2014 by Phil Pickin
One of the most impressive times of the year, regular blogger, Phil Pickin explains why autumn is active, interesting, and seriously colourful
11 November 2014 by Mark Rowe
Mark walks the battlefields of Flanders, outside Ypres, and wonders how long the land will remain sacrosanct in perpetuity - and what role footpaths might play in keeping World War One in our collective memory.
30 October 2014 by Brian Jones
Providing a sky-high reason to wrap up warm this winter and head outdoors, Brian Jones tells us how to spot Pisces
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.
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.
08 September 2014 by Sheila Spence
Sheila Spence goes autumn foraging and shares her recipe for wood cauliflower pieces.
02 September 2014 by Paul Stancliffe
From the British Trust of Ornithology, Paul Stancliffe explains how to enjoy the migration season this autumn!
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...
20 August 2014 by Anastasia French
When Ana injured her knee, she discovered how vital walking was to her physical and mental wellbeing. It wasn't just rambles that were out of the question, but socialising, her independence and her freedom. These are her top 5 reasons why walking is wonderful.
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.
28 July 2014 by Brian Jones
We all hope for blue skies in the summer, but at night time the heavens can be equally spectacular as Brian Jones explains
16 July 2014 by Phil Pickin
From wary badgers to majestic deer, campaigner and avid walker, Phil Pickin, talks about nocturnal wildlife and how to spot it - if you’re lucky!
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.
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.
29 May 2014 by Christopher Somerville
V is for vixen, specifically the very beautiful animal who came at me out of a moonlit cornfield.
28 May 2014 by Phil Pickin
Although the summer weather encourages wildlife to get evermore active, some of these active members of the natural world are less welcome than others.
27 May 2014 by Paul Stancliffe
From rare gulls to speeding Peregrines, Walk's resident birdwatcher takes a tour around the entire UK coastline – revealing what birds to look for this summer, and where best to spot them.
26 May 2014 by Sheila Spence
Early summer provides a wealth of young leaves and fungi, in particular the easily recognised Giant Puffball, golden Apricot smelling Girolles and bright yellow Chicken of the Woods to name but a few.
23 May 2014 by Walking Class Hero
For Get Walking Week, our very own award-winning Walking Class Hero joined "Between Hello and Goodbye: The Secret World of Sarah Records" themed walks around Bristol.
08 May 2014 by Moira Dobson
Moira Dobson, from the Dundee Ramblers, talks about her group's experience of taking part in an episode of the BBC series of 'Trust Me I'm a Doctor'.
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.
16 April 2014 by Brian Jones
The distinctive shape of Leo is unmistakeable – it is one of the few groups actually resembling the object or character that it depicts, in this case the Nemean lion which Hercules slew as the first of his twelve labours.
14 April 2014 by Helen Todd
Helen Todd takes a trip to Copenhagen to talk walking (and cycling) with the European Ramblers' Association.
10 April 2014 by Emma Bovill
We spend a lot more time looking at our local Ordnance Survey map (Explorer OL45) these days... we’re concentrating on just a few folds at the moment but there’s plenty of time to fan out further as we dip our toes deeper into country life in the Cotswolds.
09 April 2014 by Brian Jones
The Red Planet has returned! Every couple of years, Mars is particularly well placed in the evening sky as it reaches the point in its orbit around the Sun. Walk's resident Starman takes a look at this enigmatic planet.
04 April 2014 by Adam Pearce
Volunteer Adam Pearce talks about how he helps keep the local path network open, by clearing paths and installing gates with the Solihull Bramblers.
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.
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?
28 February 2014 by Christopher Somerville
U is for Umbrella, that quintessentially British piece of outdoor equipment – characterful, stoical, faintly but unmistakeably laughable.
27 February 2014 by Paul Stancliffe
Spring is always an exciting time for birdwatchers, as some of our most iconic birds return after spending the long winter months in Africa. Here are five birds to watch out for this season.
26 February 2014 by Sheila Spence
As the days get longer and hopefully warmer we look to the woodlands for the delights of wild fungi to tempt our taste buds.
25 February 2014 by Phil Pickin
Carrying out research when you are out walking may not be everyone's idea of fun. But for those who do it, it can make a trip into the outdoors even more interesting and can provide research organisations with much needed and very valuable data.
24 February 2014 by Brian Jones
Brilliant Capella is the leading star in the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer, a conspicuous group which resembles a large circlet of stars.
21 February 2014 by Helen Todd
Helen on how to survive walking the hills in winter with the right planning, equipment and of course spare pockets filled with bags of nuts, chocolate and flapjack bars!
07 February 2014 by Mark Rowe
Mark Rowe considers the etiquette of saying 'hello' when exploring the great outdoors. Who should you greet while wandering lonely as the proverbial?
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.
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.
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.
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.
03 December 2013 by Paul Stancliffe
During the winter months Britain and Ireland are among the best places in the world to spot wild geese – and getting to grips with them also offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy some spectacular walks.
02 December 2013 by Phil Pickin
Despite the fact that peatland can seem featureless and rather flat, it provides us with a number of vital services: storing carbon, mitigating flooding and providing precious habitat for a range of plants and animals.
28 November 2013 by Brian Jones
Comet ISON is what astronomers class as a sungrazing comet. The moment of closest approach to the Sun of any object orbiting it is known as the perihelion, sungrazers being a class of comet that pass extremely close to the Sun. Comet ISON passes perihelion tonight – at which point it will approach to around 1,160,000 kilometres (730,000 miles) of the solar surface.
27 November 2013 by Christopher Somerville
T is for Thermos – and thermals, too, and thin layers, and thick overtrousers, and all the other stuff my dad would never have dreamed of taking with him on a winter walk.
26 November 2013 by Sheila Spence
Even as the winter chill sets in there are still plenty of wild foods to search out and enjoy. Walk Magazine's resident forager reveals what to look for this season.
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...
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.
03 October 2013 by Emma Bovill
What makes up a great view? The effort it takes to walk to a viewpoint or the unexpectedness of what you find? Or does a great view have something you simply can't explain?
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?
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.
13 September 2013 by Chris Woodley-Stewart
As the Director of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Chris Woodley-Stewart is a lucky man. He works in the "true north" where Cumbria, Northumberland and County Durham meet. Find out more about walking in what he calls a "wild and wonderful place".
30 August 2013 by Brian Jones
The constellation of Vulpecula (The Fox) is small and relatively faint, but ideally placed for viewing during August and September evenings.
30 August 2013 by Phil Pickin
We all know autumn is a season full of rich colours on the trees and mellow fruitfulness in the hedgerows but it’s also a time during which plants and animals that live in our ponds and rivers start to get themselves ready for the coming winter.
30 August 2013 by Sheila Spence
Autumn is a great time for fruits and fungi – including one of my favourites, The Parasol.
30 August 2013 by Paul Stancliffe
During the autumn months, when their dull brown tip feathers have worn off, male ducks are at their most colourful and spectacular.
06 August 2013 by Walking Class Hero
Regular readers will know that I’m an enthusiastic, not to say evangelistic, urban walker who now lives deep in the heart of London’s suburbia but I find the word 'urban' a bit limiting.
01 June 2013 by Sheila Spence
We all hope for a ‘golden summer’ so here are some ‘golden’ wild foods to look out for at this time of year. Easily recognised, but usually passed by, are the golden flowers of Dandelion. The fresh young leaves can be used in salads and sandwiches, for making an herbal tonic or even fermented beer.
01 June 2013 by Phil Pickin
Beyond much slower ‘traffic’ and a supply of water, the footpaths and embankments that line our canals and waterways provide green spaces – both for wildlife and walkers.
01 June 2013 by Paul Stancliffe
Some of Britain’s most iconic birds can be found during the summer months. Most arrive during the spring but are what we refer to in birding circles as summer visitors, birds like the Cuckoo, the Swallow and the Swift. However, it is not all about icons, the summer months are also the best time to see some of our most fascinating birds – birds like the Nightjar and the Woodcock.
01 June 2013 by Brian Jones
Draco is a constellation which appeared in the star catalogues of astronomers over two thousand years ago. It depicts the dragon slain by Hercules during one of his twelve labours.
03 March 2013 by Paul Stancliffe
Spring is always an exciting time to be out and about looking for birds – and one of the best ways to enjoy birdlife is to visit distinct habitats.
03 March 2013 by Sheila Spence
As Spring approaches the first sign of the impending abundance wild food is often Wild Garlic. Lime flowers are usually found later in the Spring, and can be used in soothing herbal tisanes.
03 March 2013 by Phil Pickin
For many people spring is a favorite time of year - new growth gives the countryside a fresh green hue and new life evident almost everywhere you look!
03 March 2013 by Brian Jones
Although not particularly bright, Polaris lies in an area of sky devoid of bright stars and therefore stands out quite well.
12 December 2012 by Sheila Spence
If you are walking by the shore this winter look out for the small shellfish locally available; cockles, mussels , winkles and the lovely long razor clams can be enjoyed throughout the winter months; they all have an ‘r’ in them.
12 December 2012 by Phil Pickin
Winter can sometimes be thought of as a quiet and uninteresting time of year when it comes to wildlife, but there is more out there than you might think – it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for.
12 December 2012 by Brian Jones
The winter night sky contains a large number of brilliant stars, making it easier to pick out the various star patterns.
12 December 2012 by Paul Stancliffe
As the weather turns colder the thoughts of many a birdwatcher turn to those birds that live to the north and east of the UK – birds from northern Scandinavia, north-western Russia and Eastern Europe.