Outdoor interests

Young upstarts

Young upstarts

From after-school walking clubs to family-friendly ‘Toddle Waddles’, Ramblers Cymru is trialling an array of new initiatives to try to get more young people in Wales out walking. We meet some of the people involved and find out why changes to the Welsh Government could herald a golden era for outdoor youth activities…

Confronting the cuts

Confronting the cuts

With drastic cuts to local-authority budgets, the impact on footpaths is beginning to bite. Andrew McCloy investigate the plight of walkers in Norfolk and West Riding, and meet Ramblers volunteers helping to ease things...

Ethical gear

Ethical gear

The gear industry depends on the beautiful outdoors to keep us spending. But what is it doing to protect our natural environment, and how can we as walkers ensure that what we’re buying is ethical? John Manning explores what’s available and provides some top tips for being eco-friendly with your kit...

A decade of freedom

A decade of freedom

Ten years ago, a fledgling Scottish Parliament passed landmark legislation, giving walkers a right to roam virtually everywhere in Scotland. In this special feature, we uncover the extraordinary campaign that led to the law’s creation, assess whether it’s actually working in practice, and ask what Scotland needs to do to ensure it remains one of the best places to walk in the world…

Love on the trail

Love on the trail

Julia Buckley discovers how walking with a group can be such an enjoyable way to make friends and find love...