Blogs

Andrea Tomeckova

How getting #OutThere can change your life!

18 June 2018 by Kathrine Payne

Edinburgh Young Walkers member Andrea Tomečková shares her story about the positive impact walking has had on her life.

Nottingham canal walk

Paving the way to accessible local parks

04 June 2018 by Guest blogger

As we launch new research into walking in parks and green spaces, Jane Wilcock, Ramblers member and Chair of Longsight Park Friends Group, Bolton, writes about the way in which they've made Longsight Park more accessible for everyone.

Planning a weekend away

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…

Litter pick in Lacey Green

Ramblers group clean up in Lacey Green

16 May 2018 by Guest blogger

Ramblers group Chiltern Weekend Walkers take part in the Great British Spring Clean. Peter Dobson writes about the experience.

Ramblers step up to re-open the Tyne & Wear Heritage Way

30 April 2018 by Guest blogger

Judith Taylor, Northumbria area volunteer, on the re-opening of the Tyne & Wear Heritage Way.

Six tips for engaging with your local councillors

26 April 2018 by Guest blogger

David Martin, former local councillor and Ramblers volunteer shares his top tips for engaging with your local councillors.

Llanelli - practical maintenance activities

The Joys of volunteering

09 April 2018 by Amanda Hill

There is something very rewarding about getting involved in practical maintenance activities. Not only are you getting out in the fresh air, supporting your local community, but you are also working up a sweat keeping yourself fit and active.

Jerry Pearlman: lawyer who fought for our rights

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.

Arthur McKenzie: A walking hero at 83

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.

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.

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.

The final product - a new shiny gate that improves accessibility and safety

A rRipple but no waves in North Bucks

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.

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.

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.

Sedbury path maintenance Nov 2016

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.

A fix as a result of Big Pathwatch

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.

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.

Be the change this Volunteers' Week

Be the change this Volunteers Week

01 June 2016 by Walking Class Hero

Benedict Southworth

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.

Byway Open to All Traffic

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.

David

The making of a President's Volunteer Award winner

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.

Walking Class Hero looking at the New York skyline

Walking Class Hero: world cities for walking

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.

Isle of Mull

Ed Wilson: What’s the story in Balamory?

12 September 2014 by Ed Wilson

Ed visits the Isle of Mull and considers the valuable contribution volunteers make to society.

White Cliffs Ramblers walking on the clifftops

Experience the iconic White Cliffs

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.

Walking the wyre

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.

Private sign in Navestock

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.

Ramblers volunteers

What should volunteering look like?

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?

The new bridge in the Forest of Dean

Where there's a will there's a way

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.

Path maintenance volunteers

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.

Walking Class Hero at the Sarah Records themed walks in Bristol

Maritime city

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.

Dundee group taking a break from BBC filming

Trust me I'm a doctor

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'.

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".

River Lee

I can't remember colours...

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.

European Ramblers enjoying a walk

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.

Solihull Bramblers: Spencer and Les

Bramblers to the rescue!

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.

South Cotswolds Ramblers walking near the set of BBC's Larkrise to Candleford, Oxfordshire

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.

Path sign

Signs of the times

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.

Plants mark out a 10 year anniversary

Here's to your good health

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.

Phil Pickin

Citizen science

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.

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".

Mole from Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows, by EH Shephard

The simple joys of the outdoors

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.

Ouse Valley Viaduct, Sussex

Ramblers Route review: autumn abundance

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.

Mill at Lower Slaughter, the Cotswolds

100 years of walking

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.

Dylan Thomas School path maintenance volunteering

At the heart of walking

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.

Epping Forest

A rare resource

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.

Michelle Roberts

Walking works

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.

Benedict Southworth on a Walk 'n' Talk

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.

Brian's views about the outdoors

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.

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.

Elena Fuller, Ramblers volunteer

Hard graft and dedication

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.

Sarah and Tegenn working with REACT to fix a bridge

A footpath a day keeps the doctor away

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.

Malcolm McDonnell, East Sussex Area Footpath Secretary

Unsung heroes

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.

BRamblers and Anastasia repairing a popular path

Path guardians

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.

Muddy path

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.

Benedict Southworth, Pembrokeshire

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.

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