If you’ve walked any of England’s 13 stunning National Trails, you’ll know they offer some of the greatest walks in the world. We were instrumental in the creation of National Trails and today it’s difficult to imagine the walking landscape without them.
In summer 2012, the Government announced plans to wash its hands of National Trails and hand over responsibility for them to hard-pressed local authorities and voluntary groups. If these plans go ahead, it will leave the trails with no-one to champion them nationally and the quality of these much-loved routes could soon be a thing of the past.
The Pennine Way is just one of the iconic routes which will suffer if the proposals go ahead. Under these proposals, the upkeep of the Pennine Way will be juggled between 10 different councils, with no national guidance. This fragmented management could see paths fall into disrepair, obstructing access for the millions of people like you who enjoy walking the Trails every year.
Like you, we want to get the best out of the trails and feel very strongly that there should be a national body in place to support their upkeep and maintain the quality that walkers currently enjoy.
We’ve responded to the Government’s proposals and met with MPs to make sure the views of Britain’s walkers are heard. But all of this costs money and as a charity, we rely on the generosity of our members and supporters to fund this vital work.
You can make a donation online or send your donation to: National Trails Appeal, The Ramblers, 2nd Floor Camelford House, 89-90 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TW.
If you love walking and care about the future of England’s National Trails please donate today. Every footpath is important and every donation will make a difference. Your support will help to protect these national treasures – which we worked so hard to establish – now and for future generations.
Thank you for your support