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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 December 2015 by Benedict Southworth
Ramblers chief executive Benedict Southworth looks back over our most ambitious survey ever.
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.
01 June 2015 by Guest blogger
Award winner David Howarth reflects on the achievements of the Isle of Wight Ramblers and receiving the 'Running the Ramblers' award.
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.
12 September 2014 by Ed Wilson
Ed visits the Isle of Mull and considers the valuable contribution volunteers make to society.
30 June 2014 by Dean West
The White Cliffs Walking Festival will take place from 21 - 27 August, based in Dover, Deal and the surrounding areas.
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.
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.
04 June 2014 by Ed Wilson
Volunteers are the bedrock of the Ramblers - without our volunteers we wouldn't exist to keep paths open and people walking. So it's essential that we offer the best support to them and so we're asking, if you were starting as a volunteer what would you most need?
03 June 2014 by Rod Goodman
Rod Goodman of the Forest of Dean Ramblers, is a man who likes to get stuck into a project. He tells of how the local Ramblers group teamed up with the council to save a well-used path.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
14 March 2014 by Andrew Milward
Andrew helps to celebrate Walking for Health's ten year anniversary events and learns how walking can make a difference to a staggeringly diverse range of health conditions.
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.
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".
15 January 2014 by Ed Wilson
The simple joys of "rambling busily, along the hedgerows, across the copses" as epitomised by Mole in Wind in the Willows, have only been made possible by the unique network of footpaths. Which is why some of the statistics quoted in the recent 'Paths in Crisis' report concern Ed.
06 December 2013 by Sarah Gardner
"It had been a while since I'd done a solo hike. I love walking with friends and with organised groups, but nothing beats setting off down the open road with just a rucksack for company..." Sarah reviews a route full of autumnal charm in Sussex.
05 December 2013 by Emma Bovill
As a co-operative HF Holidays is inherently social, with breaks designed for groups of friends or families, or guided walks you can join if holidaying on your own. Emma explores the options on an open day in the Cotswolds.
16 October 2013 by Ed Wilson
Whether clearing overgrowth, checking path diversions, leading a walk around a city park or national park, making sure the finances are in order or coordinating the management committee, every single volunteer helps to keep you walking.
09 October 2013 by Sarah Gardner
By far the most special thing about Epping Forest is that it’s held in trust as a place for people to enjoy forever.
07 October 2013 by Michelle Roberts
It’s wonderful to see Walking for Health release 'Walking Works', a comprehensive summary of evidence for physical activity, specifically walking. This report makes the facts very clear; staying still kills and walking works.
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.
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.
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.
23 July 2013 by Elena Fuller
Many groups around Britain work hard to make our weekend ramble as easy as a walk in the park. One such group is the Vale Path Volunteers whose members clear footpaths in the Vale of White Horse District in Oxfordshire.
18 June 2013 by Sarah Gardner
It's not news to the 17,000 Ramblers volunteers who regularly give up their free time to keep paths in top condition, but getting stuck into a project like this is incredibly rewarding. Not only are you outside, feeling healthy and happy, enjoying the fresh air, you are also doing something of benefit to the wider community.
06 May 2013 by Elena Fuller
There is a dedicated group who give their time and energy for free all year round and excluding the odd hi-vis vest, remain unrecognisable to the general public. They are the thousands of lovely people who volunteer for the Ramblers and make our walking lives much easier.
02 April 2013 by Anastasia French
Physical inactivity is killing more people than smoking and getting more people walking is vital to fix this problem. Our paths are the first place people turn to go walking. Despite this, funding for our footpaths has been cut again and again.
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.
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.