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Grey heron

Waterway wildlife

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.

Nightjar

Summer birds

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.

Brian Jones

Summer stars - Draco

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.

A misty Richmond Park

Walk this May

21 May 2013 by Walking Class Hero

It’s possibly the 2 bank holidays. Or it could be the 5 o’clock sunrises and the 9 o’clock sunsets that promise long, lazy walking days. Or maybe it’s because the month starts in spring and ends in summer. Whatever the reason, I reckon; all in all, May is my favourite walking month.

Steps on a historic path in Snowdonia, Wales

Oldest inscriptions on the land

15 May 2013 by Eugene Suggett

Ancient features like footpaths, and packhorse-trails, and driftways and halterways, and holloways and coffin-ways and pilgrim-ways are as much a part of our heritage as things on which we’d never now dream of setting a bulldozer such as stonehenges and castles.

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.

Public footpath sign

It is solved by walking

19 April 2013 by Eugene Suggett

For decades the Ramblers have poetically spoken of the ‘refreshment of spirit’ brought about by walking, not only in remote places but indeed just about anywhere.

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.

Paul Stancliffe

Birdwatching Spring 2013

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.