Volunteer news archive

GB walking festivals – 2017/18 plans and next steps, including Walk About dates

27 June 2017

The purpose of our GB walking festivals is to inspire people to join our fantastic walking community.

National Volunteers' Week - Here’s to all 26,000 of you

01 June 2017

From leading 47,000 walks a year, to clearing paths, or running one of our 500 groups and 50 areas: it's safe to say without our volunteers we wouldn't exist.

Key findings from the group and area support survey

22 May 2017

Between January and March, we ran a survey to help us improve the support we provide to our volunteers in groups and areas. We have shared the key findings, which will inform our planning and prioritisation.

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Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy - a big step forward?

03 May 2017

The first ever Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) for England, has been recently published by the Department for Transport. We want to make sure that walking can an easy choice for any type of urban journey.

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Inner London Ramblers welcome decision to pull Garden Bridge funding

28 April 2017

The Mayor of London announced that he will not guarantee public funding for the project.

Stuart Maconie named as our new president

01 April 2017

Broadcaster, writer and journalist Stuart Maconie has been named as our new president.

An update to our safeguarding policy

15 March 2017

As part of our continuous improvement of policies and procedures we’ve started updating our policy on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults to reflect advice from our partner organisations.

Join the National Walking Festivals Advisory Group

20 February 2017

Would you like to have your say about future Ramblers national walking festivals?

The Players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Ramblers Festivals

30 January 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Ramblers have been awarded £450,000 by the Peoples Postcode Lottery for 2017

Festival of Winter Walks 2016 round-up

19 January 2017

Read our round-up of the Festival of Winter walks, which took place all over Great Britain between 17th December 2016 and 8th January 2017.

Your views needed on improving support for Ramblers groups and areas

09 January 2017

Take part in an important survey to help us improve support for our area and group volunteers across Britain.

Here's what walkers achieved in 2016

05 January 2017

We've achieved a lot this year together. Our CEO, Vanessa, runs through some of the highlights from 2016.

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The Ramblers welcomes London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner

20 December 2016

London's City Hall has announced the appointment of a Walking and Cycling Commissioner for the capital.

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Ramblers fix problems along Offa’s Dyke Path following Big Pathwatch

16 November 2016

Following the results of the Big Pathwatch, our biggest ever footpath survey, we’ve embarked on an ambitious week-long path maintenance project to fix problems along the popular national trail Offa’s Dyke.

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The Big Pathwatch reveals 59,000 problems on our path network

14 November 2016

The Ramblers has today, 14 November 2016, released the results of the Big Pathwatch, the nation’s biggest ever footpath survey.

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Festival of Winter Walks 2016

10 October 2016

This year’s Festival of Winter Walks will run from 17th December - 8th January 2017 and include Ramblers group walks, health walks and routes.

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Walk About Thank You

21 September 2016

Thank you for supporting the first ever Walk About!

David Howarth recieves his award from the President in 2015

National Volunteer Awards 2017

12 September 2016

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for the Ramblers?

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Promoting Walk About

30 August 2016

We’re now on the countdown to our new GB-wide walking festival, Walk About Britain.

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Vanessa Griffiths has been appointed our new Chief Executive

24 August 2016

We are delighted to announce that Vanessa Griffiths has been appointed our new chief executive.

Natasha Clayton appointed as our interim chief executive

22 July 2016

Natasha Clayton has been appointed as our interim chief executive.

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Walk About

24 June 2016

Walk About Britain is our new GB-wide walking festival that will take place from 3 to 11 September 2016.

Volunteers' Week news story celebration

Our Volunteer Award winners

01 June 2016

To mark the start of volunteer week, here are the winners of our 2016 volunteer awards.

Path Maintenance 2016

Help Us Improve Paths in the Pentlands

18 April 2016

Can you help us improve paths in the Pentlands this May?

Edinburgh Ramblers Family Walks

Edinburgh Ramblers Family Walks

14 April 2016

Edinburgh Ramblers Family Walks - Walk Leaders Required!

Delegates at Scottish Council

Update from Scottish Council 2016

17 March 2016

Scottish Council 2016 was a great success with 140 people attending over the 11th and 12th March

England Coast Path opens in Somerset

15 March 2016

We're celebrating today as 58 miles of the England Coast Path is opened between Brean Down and Minehead in Somerset.

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New membership rates and recruitment leaflets

15 March 2016

To help support the growth of the organisation and carry on with our charitable work benefiting Ramblers members and walkers in Britain, on 1 May 2016 we’ll be increasing some of our membership rates.

Nominate a Ramblers volunteer

08 January 2016

It’s now easier to thank and celebrate a Ramblers volunteer or team with our new volunteer certificates and commendation.

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Join us on a volunteer development day

12 October 2015

Each day, Ramblers volunteers like you give their time, knowledge and skills to help everyone everywhere enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk.

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Ramblers Cymru calls for the freedom to explore

08 October 2015

In response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on improving access to the outdoors for recreation, Ramblers Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to be ambitious and introduce a ‘freedom to explore’, giving people access to all of Wales’ countryside and coastline.

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Ramblers part of new team leading path and park improvement work in Powys

22 September 2015

Powys County Council has launched a pilot scheme working with volunteer leaders to improve paths – and over half of the first group of leaders to be trained are Ramblers members.

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Meirionydd Ramblers help youngsters to enjoy the great outdoors

21 September 2015

Meirionydd Ramblers recently spent time with the 1st Dolgellau Girl Guides at Coed y Brenin Forest Park in Snowdonia, helping the girls achieve their 'Finding Your Way' badge

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The great work of our volunteers goes on

18 September 2015

All over the country our volunteers are hard at work on our footpaths

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Angela Penny walks away with top prize

10 September 2015

Angela Penny from Aberdeen scoops the top prize in Ramblers Scotland’s Get Outdoors Competition

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Ramblers Shop goes live

28 July 2015

We’re very excited to tell you about our new Ramblers Shop, where you can buy Ramblers t-shirts, pin badges, mugs and many other products.

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Countdown to the Big Pathwatch

18 June 2015

It’s less than a month to the launch of our Big Pathwatch campaign - and we need your support.

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President's Volunteer Awards - winners announced

01 June 2015

We’re starting Volunteers' Week by announcing the winners of our President’s Volunteer Awards, as voted for by you.

National Parks and AONBs - play an important role in their management

11 May 2015

Later on this year ministers at Defra will be considering new appointments to national park authorities and to certain AONB Conservation Boards. We've been invited to highlight these opportunities to our volunteers.

Short 3-5 mile walks encourage new walkers and health walkers

A warm welcome for health walkers

30 April 2015

To help give a warm welcome, Ramblers has new joining leaflets for health walkers from Scotland, Wales and England. We are offering a 30% discount off membership and £10 voucher from our official recommended outdoor retailer Cotswold outdoor.

Improving how we support your work as a volunteer

27 April 2015

The Ramblers wants to give volunteers all the support you need to carry out your work. To help with this we are making some changes to how we handle and answer your queries.

Use your local webpage to help get more people walking with your group

17 March 2015

Six months after launching area and group local webpages as part of the Ramblers main website, we wanted to give you an update on how they’re being used.

New membership rates

16 March 2015

To help support the growth of the organisation and carry on with our charitable work benefiting Ramblers members and walkers in Britain, we’ll be increasing our membership rates on 1 May 2015.

Governance proposals: consultation statement

10 March 2015

The Board of Trustees has made several decisions on the proposals for a new governance structure. They believe it’s essential to attract new members and volunteers whilst retaining and encouraging existing ones. The trustees therefore agreed an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, approach to the changes. They would like to take matters forward by consulting on how the changes would be implemented.

Deregulation Bill - soon to be an Act but much still to be done

03 March 2015

The rights of way clauses in this Bill make important changes to the procedures used to add paths to the definitive map, the legal record of public rights of way.

Announcement from the board of trustees

20 February 2015

The proposals for a new vision and ten-year strategic framework, together with proposals from the governance working group on improving the way we operate, were discussed at the January 2015 Board of Trustees meeting. The trustees wanted to give members an update on some of the things they discussed and agreed.

Would you like to help run the Ramblers?

12 February 2015

Do you know someone who has the skills and experience to become a Ramblers trustee? A reminder that nominations are due at midnight on 14 February 2015.

Holding statement from the Board of Trustees

05 February 2015

The Board of Trustees met on 30-31 January to discuss the proposals from the governance working group and the proposals for a new vision. Here is a short holding statement from the chair of the Board, on behalf of the trustees.

An update from the governance working group

29 January 2015

In 2013, General Council asked the Board of Trustees to undertake a review of the way we operate and govern ourselves. The Board asked a group of experienced volunteers to come up with a set of ideas. We then asked members and volunteers to comment on these ideas, which we received with thanks. Here is an update from the governance working group on what's happening next.

The Big Pathwatch

15 January 2015

The Big Pathwatch is coming! This summer the Ramblers is launching an ambitious new project, to coincide with our 80th year.

We're going mobile

15 January 2015

The times they are a-changing. And we need to keep up. So, over the next few weeks you’ll notice some improvements to our website.

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Presidents volunteer Awards 2015

16 December 2014

Recognise a volunteer or team of volunteers who have done something special. The President's Volunteer Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the successes of our volunteers. Anyone is able to nominate somebody for an award.

Discussing ideas for our governance

04 December 2014

We’re reviewing how the Ramblers is governed and we’d like your input.

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Ramblers Volunteer Development Days return for 2015

02 December 2014

Everyone who gives their time to the Ramblers for no financial reward is a volunteer. We depend on you to deliver our mission. And in 2015 we will be offering a range of workshops to help develop you in your role.

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Short walks, health walks and the Ramblers

20 November 2014

There are going to some exciting opportunities for Ramblers groups to get involved with helping more people to try walking with us this year, to welcome new members and make new links with health walks.

Festival of Winter Walks will soon be here

19 November 2014

We hope you are looking forward to a busy and walk-filled festive season. Don’t forget that all walks taking place from 20 December to 4 January form part of the Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks.

Deregulation Bill passes another milestone

14 November 2014

On 28 October the House of Lords discussed the detail of the rights of way clauses in Committee. This meant that, once again, there was opportunity for changes to the Bill to be proposed.

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New poster 'Love walking? Join the Ramblers'

12 November 2014

A new A4 poster ‘Love walking? Join the Ramblers’ is available to help our volunteers publicise the Ramblers and recruit new members.

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Goodbye to Gating Orders, hello to Public Space Protection Orders

07 November 2014

On 20 October new laws, which see the end of Gating Orders and their replacement with Public Space Protection Orders, came into operation in England and Wales. These provisions are part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

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New leaflet 'Find your perfect walk'

24 October 2014

We've produced a new leaflet telling people how they can find out about our walks on our website. It is a useful resource to hand out at local shows and events.

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Worcester Ramblers celebrate their first renovated route

23 October 2014

The Worcester Ramblers redently celebrated a newly renovated route in Pensax and Menithwood. The route now boasts new signs, bridges, anti-slip matting and fixed stiles, thanks to work with the local council unit.

Ramblers Campaigner retires on day of Wild Land debate

30 September 2014

On the day that the Scottish Parliament discusses the proposed Rannoch Moor wind farm and the future of Wild Land in Scotland one of Scotland’s longest serving environmental campaigners leaves his desk.

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Ramblers walking festivals 2014 to 2016

22 September 2014

Our festivals are the time we invite new people to experience the fun of walking with us. The 2014/15 Festival of Winter Walks is fast approaching. And we thought that you’d like some advanced notice for 2015 festivals too.

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Derbyshire path saved after 14 year campaign

11 September 2014

Successful conclusion to a 14 year campaign to save a path along the River Trent in Derbyshire.

New group walks and events manager

05 September 2014

We’re pleased to announce that the new Group walks and events manager is now available for editors to start uploading walks.
The new system gives you many more options for entering, displaying and managing walks.

Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers clear West Highland Way

29 August 2014

Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers and Hillwalkers are supporting their community by taking part in a joint project with local group ‘Milngavie in Bloom’.

Volunteers at the National Eisteddfod

19 August 2014

A team of twelve volunteers from across south and west Wales joined Ramblers Cymru staff to promote walking to National Eisteddfod volunteers this August.

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Taming the urban jungle

19 August 2014

The Walsall Ramblers volunteer path team make sure everyday walkers can get where they need to.

Vision and governance forums

11 August 2014

Special forums for area chairs and area secretaries with the chair, Jonathan Kipling and chief executive, Benedict Southworth.

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Berkshire Maintains Paths in Style

06 August 2014

The West Berkshire Ramblers journey through the Berkshire countryside, surveying and maintaining footpaths for the whole county to enjoy.

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Uncovering Hidden Views

01 August 2014

Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Ramblers working party, led by Basil Merry, have reconstructed a boggy part of the Hagg Wood walk and installed steps in Holymoorside and Walton.

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Website development update

31 July 2014

Existing walk editors and webmasters have been hard at work in the past few weeks helping us test planned improvements to the Ramblers website and as a result we’re almost ready to launch our long-awaited new systems.

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Reforms to improve the recording of paths still on track

29 July 2014

As MPs and Peers depart for their summer holidays we can give an end-of-term report on progress with the Deregulation Bill which contains important new legislation to speed up and improve the process for adding paths to definitive maps.

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Cheerful Changes in Chorley

23 July 2014

The Chorley Ramblers has worked incredibly hard to make the Chorley Circular Walk wheelchair, pram and tramper accessible.

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The Party in Worcester Works

15 July 2014

Read about the Working Party in Worcester, established in May 2007 and now consists of 24 volunteers. The party has had many successes such as footpath clearance in Hallow, where it slashed and uprooted Himalayan Balsam, which can grow up to 2 meters in height.

Jonathan Djanogly MP joins Ramblers walk through Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve

Jonathan Djanogly MP joins Ramblers walk

09 June 2014

On 3 May, Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly joined local Ramblers for a walk through Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve.

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Ramblers volunteers contributed £1million to clear the way for walkers

04 June 2014

New figures have revealed our volunteers contributed the equivalent of almost £1million last year through their time and efforts helping to improve the countryside and paths we walk along.

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The Ripple effect

03 June 2014

Who are the mysterious Ripple and why are they so important to walkers and the local council in Bedfordshire?

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The Sussex Border Path made even easier to walk

02 June 2014

Sussex Ramblers worked with local volunteer groups and the council to make a popular section of the Sussex Border Path even easier to enjoy, by replacing old stiles with easy to use gates.

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Website development update

30 May 2014

The Ramblers website will be changing and improving during 2014, which means changes to the way we use it. Find out what’s happening, how it might affect you, what you need to do now and when things are likely to change.

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Reuniting walkers with a long-hidden path in Sedgehill

30 May 2014

South Wiltshire Ramblers and other volunteers undertook a mamoth task not just clearing a thoroughly overgrown path in Sedgehill and Semley, but also constructing stiles and bridges to ensure this path could be enjoyed again.

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Chapel Gate path in the Peak District protected

22 May 2014

The Peak District National Park Authority have today implemented a ban on motor vehicles using the historic Chapel Gate path near Edale.

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Ruling on our High Court Appeal to appeal the 'Andrews' case

16 May 2014

A judgement has been made on the 'Andrews' Case and we're disappointed to report we lost the case. Find out more about the judgement and our next steps.

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Would you like to be on a Volunteer Sounding Board?

08 May 2014

We’re looking to recruit 4 new members of the volunteer sounding board. The sounding board helps us improve our recruitment, support and management of volunteers.

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Ramblers help launch the John Muir Way

01 May 2014

Last week (21-26 April) nine Ramblers groups helped launch the John Muir Way, a new national long distance route, by leading a series of walks from its start in Dunbar through to the end point in Helensburgh, a distance of 134 miles in total.

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General Council 2014: Report on formal business

07 April 2014

An overview of the formal business of General Council 2014 including motions carried and the results of elections plus other news from this year’s annual conference and dates of next year’s event.

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Ramblers volunteers clear the way for local walkers

07 April 2014

Ramblers Scotland is working to establish path maintenance teams across Scotland to carry out minor repairs on paths in and around the places where people live.

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General Council in pictures

31 March 2014

We've put together a photo gallery from General Council, our annual conference, to give you a feel for this year's event.

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Talking walking at General Council

31 March 2014

Our annual conference, held in Liverpool at the weekend, was an opportunity to celebrate successes, debate walking and outdoor issues and hear from special guests as well as enjoy the walking opportunities on offer around the city.

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Volunteer awards winners revealed

31 March 2014

The winners of our President’s Volunteer Awards were unveiled during our annual General Council at the weekend. Presented by Ramblers President Kate Ashbrook and Maria Eagle MP, the awards celebrated achievements including keeping paths clear, leading health walks and promoting the Ramblers.

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Ramblers volunteers save Lincolnshire path from continual flooding

28 March 2014

A footpath on the outskirts of Lincoln has finally been restored after being covered by a large area of water. The 'pond' was impossible to get around and meant the path had been unusable since 2005.

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Membership rates increase

20 March 2014

Some of our membership rates are being increased on 1 May 2014.

Scarborough Ramblers clearing vegetation in the North York Moors National Park

Working together to improve the North York Moors for walkers

18 March 2014

The Scarborough Ramblers have built up a strong relationship with the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) to improve the places people walk in the park, giving their time to practical projects such as vegetation clearance.

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One week left to vote for our volunteers

14 March 2014

Time is running out to have your say in this year’s President’s Volunteer Awards which recognise the achievements of our volunteers in the last year. Make sure you vote for your favourite nominees in the six awards categories before voting closes on Friday 21 March.

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Stratford Ramblers mark out threatened path

14 March 2014

A path in Ettington, Warwickshire, which was at risk of being overlooked by developers has been clearly signposted by Stratford Ramblers and the rights of way team at Warwickshire County Council.

Delegates at Scottish Council 2014

A successful Scottish Council

14 March 2014

Over 80 delegates gathered in Glasgow for this year’s Scottish Council. The key purpose for this gathering is to develop policy, influence decision making and elect an Executive Committee for Ramblers Scotland.

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Rights of way and development

13 March 2014

We’ve produced a new version of our guidance note on rights of way and development which covers not only the Defra advice but also information on new laws and government policy on rights of way and development, including the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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Ramblers in the High Court to appeal ‘Andrews’ case

28 February 2014

We’ve been in the High Court this week to appeal against the ruling of the 1993 ‘Andrews’ case concerning paths ‘set out’ as a result of Inclosure Acts. As we wait for the outcome of the case, we explain its background and why it’s important the 1993 court ruling is overturned.

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Give our volunteers your vote

24 February 2014

We received over 50 nominations for Ramblers volunteers, groups and areas whose achievements you thought deserved celebrating at our President’s Volunteer Awards. The shortlist has now been unveiled and you can vote to decide the winners.

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Birmingham Ramblers heading out on summer evenings

12 February 2014

The City of Birmingham Ramblers are introducing monthly short circular walks on midweek evenings throughout the summer to offer people the chance to make the most of the longer daylight hours and warmer weather during the working week.

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Host a short walk for Get Walking Week

11 February 2014

Our short walks festival Get Walking Week returns from 3-10 May and we’re asking our local groups to host short walks under five miles to offer more people the opportunity to discover the wonder of walking.

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Volunteer awards: Still time to make your nomination

10 February 2014

If you know of a Ramblers volunteer, group or area whose achievements deserve celebrating you can help give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for our volunteer awards by 16 February.

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Glasgow Ramblers offer route to longer walks

22 January 2014

The Glasgow Ramblers have teamed up with Walk Glasgow to help people progress from shorter walks designed to help improve health and wellbeing to longer walks via free walks designed to encourage people to walk that little bit further.

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Redditch Ramblers take walks a step further

21 January 2014

The Worcestershire-based group has been adding innovative walks to its programme including a torch lit stroll and a taster walk designed for people new to the Ramblers which also saw them team up with a local farm shop.

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Historic bridleway saved in East Yorkshire

15 January 2014

Walkers, horse riders and cyclists in Burstwick, East Yorkshire, are celebrating following the news that a much-needed bridleway that will allow people to avoid two busy roads has been saved thanks to the efforts of the Ramblers and the British Horse Society (BHS).

Mike Slater accepts the Campaigner Award

Celebrating volunteer achievements

02 January 2014

Do you know of a Ramblers volunteer, group or area whose achievements deserve celebrating? If you do you can nominate them for our President’s Volunteer Awards, which will be presented at our General Council in March 2014.

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Unrecorded rights of way: Green light for changes to definitive map legislation

20 December 2013

A Joint Committee of the House of Commons and House of Lords has published a report making recommendations to the Government on changes to new laws included in the draft Deregulation Bill concerning the way paths are recorded on definitive maps.

Aylesbury Ramblers Walking Festival

A successful year for walkers

20 December 2013

We’ve looked back at the last year and picked 12 successes we’ve achieved thanks to the help of our volunteers, members and supporters which have benefitted walkers everywhere.

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Historic path leading to Nottingham Castle restored for public use

20 December 2013

A well-used, historic path leading to Nottingham Castle has now been declared a public footpath thanks to the efforts of local residents and Ramblers volunteers, following attempts by the management company of a nearby private residential housing estate to block the route.

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Wildlife set to bloom along Peak District trails

18 December 2013

Walkers and others who enjoy the Peak District’s traffic-free paths will see three trails transformed into vital wildlife corridors in the coming years thanks to a new stewardship scheme which Ramblers’ members consulted on.

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Ramblers fight to improve Wales Coast Path

16 December 2013

Terry Griffiths, Footpath Officer for the Neath Port Talbot Ramblers, has been working hard over the last few months to help ensure that the path network in Neath Port Talbot is not only protected but also improved.

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Path in Ellesmere Port secured for the future

12 December 2013

A path in the Whitby area of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, which connects local people to the ancient woodland of Stanney Wood Country Park, has been officially recognised as a footpath thanks to the efforts of local residents and the Ramblers.

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Creating a walking legacy in Scotland

11 December 2013

We’ve created over 50 walking hubs across Scotland to help people enjoy paths in their local community as part of the Ramblers Scotland Medal Routes project, which is building a legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Our views on the Common Agriculture Policy

09 December 2013

We submitted a response supported by the British Mountaineering Council, the Outdoor Industries Association, the Open Spaces Society and the Sport and Recreation Alliance to DEFRA’s consultation on the implementation of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

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Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill: New protection or new restrictions?

21 November 2013

The Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill, which will give local authorities new powers to close paths and other public spaces to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, is now making its way through the House of Lords.

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Unrecorded rights of way: Decision on new legislation awaited

21 November 2013

We’re now half way to the 2026 cut-off date for adding historic rights of way to definitive maps introduced by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. We’ve been working to ensure the way unrecorded paths are put on the map is made more efficient as part of the Deregulation Bill which has now moved to its next phase.

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How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?

18 November 2013

This is the latest GeoVation Challenge launched by Ordnance Survey this month to address the problems we're facing in Britain linked to inactive lifestyles.

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Our response to the inquiry into public transport in isolated communities

15 November 2013

This summer the Transport Committee, a Select Committee of the House of Commons, called for evidence on the state of public transport in isolated communities. We’ve had concerns about the lack of adequate public transport in rural communities for a number of years and decided to submit a response after hearing your views.

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West Riding Ramblers launch new website

14 November 2013

The West Riding Ramblers website features a fresh design, a news section, information about local groups, walks and publications, a Facebook feed and links to important pages on the main Ramblers website.

Volunteer Workshop at Gerrards Cross

Helping you develop as a Ramblers volunteer

13 November 2013

We’re running a series of nine Volunteer Development Days to support the volunteers who help us deliver our mission. Find out what’s involved and where they’re taking place.

Cirencester Ramblers Path Maintenance Volunteers

Complete our volunteer survey

12 November 2013

We’re working on a new approach to improving volunteering for the Ramblers and need to hear about the views and experiences of as many of our volunteers as possible. You can help by answering our online survey.

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Your chance to help protect our finest landscapes

25 October 2013

Lord de Mauley, Secretary of State for the natural environment, is inviting candidates to apply to become members of four National Park Authorities and two Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards.

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Path maintenance volunteers open half a mile of footpath

25 October 2013

Walkers joined Ramblers volunteers for our first ever path maintenance holiday in October, opening up a stretch of footpath at Wendron near Helston in Cornwall to the delight of local residents.

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Volunteers prepare for HS2 phase 2

22 October 2013

In early October volunteers from Ramblers areas which fall in the line of the proposed route of HS2 phase 2 came together to prepare for the potential impact of the high speed rail link on rights of way in the Midlands and North of England by sharing best practice.

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Helping move fitter walkers from health walks to Ramblers

17 October 2013

Changes to the Walking for Health programme in England will create new opportunities to welcome former health walkers into the Ramblers. Sign up for online workshops to find out more about working with Walking for Health schemes.

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New anti-social behaviour laws: Government listens to our concerns

14 October 2013

The Government has taken our concerns about the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill and the impact on access into account as it makes its way through Parliament.

Cirencester Ramblers Path Maintenance Volunteers

New path maintenance team gets off to flying start

07 October 2013

The Cirencester Ramblers’ newly established path maintenance group rolled up their sleeves to clear paths near the Cotswold village of Barnsley on 5 October, creating an attractive circular route for walkers to enjoy.

Surrey County Council Countryside Access Assistant Nicky Scott

Surrey County Council thank our volunteers

04 October 2013

Surrey County Council have produced a video thanking volunteers including the Farnham Ramblers for their help in maintaining the Surrey countryside.

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Digital developments coming soon

01 October 2013

As part of an on-going programme of digital developments and following a review of priorities for our online services, we’ll be consolidating and improving our web presence in the coming months in a number of ways.

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What do you love about volunteering?

27 September 2013

Help us promote the work of the Ramblers and encourage more people to volunteer with us by sending us a testimonial telling us what’s great about volunteering.

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Ramblers members in Scotland get stuck into path maintenance

27 September 2013

We teamed up with Paths for All to offer members in Scotland the chance to learn about the importance of path maintenance and gain some practical skills at a training event on 21 September.

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‘Every Rambler has a walk they want to lead’ says volunteer

25 September 2013

Julie Grier of the Vale of Clwyd Ramblers was inspired by the walk leaders workshop at the volunteer training event in Wrexham in Wales on 9 September and is encouraging more people to try leading walks.

Aylesbury Ramblers Walking Festival

Walkers enjoy new route created by Ramblers volunteers

20 September 2013

Over 150 walkers turned out to tread the Outer Aylesbury Ring in Buckinghamshire with the Aylesbury Ramblers on 7 September, just a few months after the group officially opened the route.

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Get ready for the Festival of Winter Walks

18 September 2013

Our popular and longstanding winter walking festival wouldn’t happen without the help and support of our volunteers. Find out how you can get involved and help promote the festival near you.

The Brighton and Hove Ramblers with Caroline Lucas

Invite your MP on a walk

16 September 2013

In the lead up to the next election local Ramblers groups have been out walking with MPs across England to show them what we do at a local level and tell them about our work. Now we need your help to invite even more MPs walking.

Path success Torfaen

Reporting blocked footpath prompts speedy response from local council

05 September 2013

We were thrilled with Torfaen Council's speedy response to a blocked footpath complaint.

Walkers on a woodland path

Stakeholder Working Group on unrecorded rights of way: Recommendations to be reviewed by parliament

05 September 2013

We’ve been working with Natural England and other stakeholders to try to find ways of simplifying and speeding up the processes for adding existing, but unrecorded, rights of way to the definitive map and our recommendations are now set to be reviewed by parliament.

Walkers in conversation

Help shape the future of the outdoors

04 September 2013

We all love the outdoors, but is there anything that would make you enjoy it even more? And what can we do to make it happen? We’ve started a big conversation with people all over the country and we want to hear from our volunteers.

Installing a boardwalk in Peaton Hill Community Nature Reserve

Volunteers improve walking experience in nature reserve

01 September 2013

Since 2012 the Helensburgh and West Dunbartonshire Ramblers have worked to upgrade and extend the boardwalk path in the Peaton Hill Community Nature Reserve on the Rosneath Peninsula, making it easier for walkers to enjoy the wildlife haven.

Lining up kissing gate

Ramblers in Anglesey use donation to install accessible gates

30 August 2013

The Ynys Mon Ramblers are using a donation to their group to install a series of gates to make it easier for walkers of all abilities to use paths on Anglesey.

Path maintenance

Grants for path maintenance teams

21 August 2013

We've set up a fund to help our local areas and groups continue their great work maintaining paths and to help new path maintenance teams get going. Find out how you can apply.

Public footpath sign

New source of funding for local walking infrastructures?

20 August 2013

Walkers across England have for some time been experiencing the ill effects of cuts to Local Authority access and rights of way budgets but at last there is some potentially good news on funding for recreation activities in local communities which could be used to improve the walking experience.

Southern Vectis bus Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Ramblers make it easier to leave the car at home

12 August 2013

Ramblers on the Isle of Wight have developed a series of car-free walks using the local bus network which take in some of the island’s most inspiring locations.

The Isle of Wight Ramblers installing a stairway at Binnel Bay

No coast path for Isle of Wight but work carries on to improve seaside access

09 August 2013

Despite the Government’s decision not to include the Isle of Wight in plans for the England Coast Path, Ramblers on the island are still hard at work improving access to the seaside.

The Walsall Ramblers recieve the Cannock Chase AONB Volunteer of the Year Award

Walsall Ramblers recognised for volunteering efforts

08 August 2013

The Walsall Ramblers were presented with the Cannock Chase AONB Volunteer of the Year Award last week for their efforts to clear vegetation from the area and create local walks for people to further enjoy what is a unique pocket of the Staffordshire countryside.

Urmston footpath

Ramblers in Trafford restore footpath link to Trans Pennine Trail

08 August 2013

The Ramblers Trafford Group are celebrating the opening of a previously blocked footpath linking the town of Urmston to the coast-to-coast Trans Pennine Trail and the River Mersey with a walk on Saturday 10 August.

Walk in the woods

Get involved in decisions on forestry and woodland

07 August 2013

Do you care about access to forestry and woodland? If so the Forestry Commission is looking for new members of its regional Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committees and would like to hear from you.

Vale Royal and Knutsford Ramblers Northwich family walk

Ramblers in Cheshire encourage new generation of walkers

06 August 2013

The Vale Royal and Knutsford Ramblers have introduced family walks to their walks programme to get younger people interested in walking and being outdoors and promote the work of the Ramblers to a new audience.

Walking trainers

Local residents get path recognised in Leeds

05 August 2013

Residents in Morley, Leeds, have been successful in their campaign to get a path which was closed 11 years ago reopened and officially recorded and were celebrating their victory last week.

Path maintenance volunteers

New Ramblers group looking for path maintenance volunteers

02 August 2013

The Tameside Ramblers would like to hear from walkers interested in helping clear footpaths in the Tameside area of Greater Manchester.

Walking boots

Path in Derbyshire secured for community use

01 August 2013

An off-road route in Dronfield, Derbyshire, has been officially designated a footpath to the delight of the local community.

Windfarm

Renewable energy guidance a step in the right direction

30 July 2013

We welcomed the publication of new government guidance for local authorities on renewable energy developments today, which is designed to ensure that the need for renewable energy does not override concerns about its impact on the environment.

Old railway line at Borders Abbey Waym credit Coldstream Ramblers

New inquiry to assess public transport in isolated communities

25 July 2013

The Transport Committee, a select committee of the House of Commons, is calling for evidence to determine how best to meet the travel needs of people living in isolated communities. We’d like your views to help shape our response to the committee.

Railway track

Route for high-speed rail extension to Manchester and Leeds goes under review

17 July 2013

We’ll be scrutinizing proposals for the extension of the HS2 network from Birmingham north to Manchester and Leeds as a formal consultation on the preferred route gets underway today.

Canal towpath

Adopt a canal

10 July 2013

As it reaches its first birthday the Canal & River Trust is today (2 July 2013) launching an appeal for communities to transform their local canal or river through adopting mile-long stretches of waterways across England and Wales.

Policy and Campaigns Conference Edale Ramblers Inn

A successful Campaigns and Policy Conference

05 July 2013

On the weekend of 15 and 16 June 2013 Ramblers volunteers from all over England and Wales met in Edale to share ideas and input into our future Campaigns and Policy Strategy. Find out about the weekend and the resources now availanble.

Path on the outskirts of Guisborough

Local Ramblers secure circular route linking to Cleveland Way

05 July 2013

A section of a well-used path on the outskirts of Guisborough, North Yorkshire, has been reopened to the public thanks to a local campaign and now links residents to the surrounding countryside and to the Cleveland Way National Trail.

Map

Government publish Bill to take forward Stakeholder Working Group recommendations

04 July 2013

The Government has published plans to simplify the process for claiming paths as rights of way or having them diverted.

Older People's Commissioner for Wales

Silver Slashers on the boardwalk

25 June 2013

The Silver Slashers path maintenance team's most ambitious project to date - installing a boardwalk in an ancient wetland in Anglesey - was officially opened on Friday 14 June.

Meetup

Social media guidance

21 June 2013

We've recently added some resources to the social media toolkit in the Volunteer Zone. We'd like to find out how we can support you further.

John Bunting Ramblers vice president with Kate Ashbrook

Remembering Ramblers vice president John Bunting

21 June 2013

John Bunting, Ramblers vice-president and access campaigner, has sadly passed away aged 95.

Dorchester Strollers

Long-standing volunteer honoured by the Queen

18 June 2013

Long-standing Ramblers member and volunteer Susan Blake is to be awarded a British Empire Medal for services to rambling and the community of Dorchester.

Widford Church, Hertfordshire

Ancient path on the Hertfordshire Way saved

07 June 2013

An ancient and well-used footpath on the Hertfordshire Way has been saved for the public, thanks to the efforts of our staff and volunteers.

A Tapnell Trail information board

Accessible trail opens on the Isle of Wight

04 June 2013

The Tapnell Trail, the third accessible trail developed by the Isle of Wight Ramblers on the island, opened on 15 May.

Outer Aylesbury Ring waymark

Outer Aylesbury Ring route opened

03 June 2013

A new 53 mile walking route created by the Aylesbury Ramblers to circumnavigate Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire was officially opened in May.

Clearing vegetation

Roll up your sleeves on a path maintenance holiday

29 May 2013

Enjoy a working break in Cornwall helping to restore an inland path and exploring some of the walking opportunities near St Ives on our first ever path maintenance holiday.

Walkers in conversation

Join our Walk 'n' Talk team

27 May 2013

We're embarking on a process at the Ramblers which will help shape our vision for the next 5-10 years.

Waymark post Bidulph Ramblers large

Ramblers waymark success

24 May 2013

The Biddulph Ramblers have been working closely with Staffordshire Council to bring about vast improvements in the footpath network in North Staffordshire. In just one parish alone they have been responsible for nearly 800 waymarkers.

Countryside view river and trees

Paths, parks and countryside areas listings launched

21 May 2013

We published listings for National Trails and Scotland’s Great Trails under a new ‘Paths, parks and countryside areas’ section on the website today – the first stage in an on-going project to provide walkers with inspiring and informative content on places to walk in Britain.

Benedict Southworth, Pembrokeshire

Benedict's volunteer update: May

21 May 2013

A May update for volunteers from Ramblers Chief Executive, Benedict Southworth.

Coast Walk 2012

Hampshire Ramblers - putting paths on the map

17 May 2013

Hampshire Ramblers have been working with Hampshire County Council on an exciting project to get more historic paths recorded as rights of way before the 2026 cut off. This article outlines how PATHH has worked.

Get Walking Week: Brightlingsea walk

Get Walking Week: Your feedback

16 May 2013

If you hosted a short walk for Get Walking Week we’d like to hear from you!

Walking group

Upgrading the Group Walks Finder - your help needed!

10 May 2013

We're planning to replace the current Group Walks Finder on the Ramblers website with a more up to date and flexible system, and we need your help to make sure we get the best possible results for both walkers and volunteers. Particularly relevant to Group Walks Finder editors, led walks programme coordinators and local webmasters - for action.

Overgrown footpath sign

Shropshire Council Campaign

09 May 2013

Shropshire Ramblers want to stop any further cuts to the footpath budget, and so have seized on the local elections as a time to influence change.

Alladale Enclosure Fence

The Queen's Speech: Anti-Social Behaviour Bill

08 May 2013

In the Queen’s speech today, new plans were announced to tackle anti-social behaviour. This article has further details about Ramblers views and actions on this.

Path maintenance

Showcasing our work during National Volunteer Week

26 April 2013

During National Volunteer Week, 1-7 June 2013, organisations across the country will be celebrating the hard work of their volunteers. We’re looking for stories and case studies to show the breadth of our work and how rewarding volunteering for the Ramblers can be.

General Council 2013: A workshop

A very successful General Council

19 April 2013

Two hundred Ramblers delegates gathered in Warwickshire from 13-14 April for our annual General Council.

General Council 2013: Delegates with the Impact Report

General Council in pictures

19 April 2013

A gallery of pictures from General Council which took place from 13-14 April at Warwick University.

Thank you Ramblers video

Thank you Ramblers: Messages of support for our work

19 April 2013

Members, volunteers, politicians and others have shown their appreciation for the Ramblers in a short video unveiled at General Council last weekend.

Mike Slater accepts the Campaigner Award

Recognising volunteer achievements

17 April 2013

The President’s Volunteer Awards were presented at General Council at the weekend to highlight the hard work and celebrate the successes of our volunteers in all things walking.

Gwynedd on Foot

Gwynedd on Foot

17 April 2013

Caernarfon and Dwyfor Ramblers have recently brought the work they do together under a project, ‘Gwynedd on Foot’ with the aim of delivering even more positive results for local communities.

Impact Report

Our impact in 2011-12

15 April 2013

We’ve produced a report highlighting some of the great things we’ve recently achieved as a charity which was unveiled at General Council in Coventry at the weekend.

Black Sail YHA ostel

YHA Day: Get involved in a new Ramblers event for 2013

13 April 2013

A new Ramblers event for 2013, we’re joining forces with the Youth Hostels Association as they open their doors at hostels across England and Wales on Sunday 8 September 2013 for YHA Day, an annual community open day.

YHA Coniston Coppermines

A new collaboration with the YHA

12 April 2013

We’re delighted to announce our new collaboration with the Youth Hostels Association which will see us working together on some exciting walking projects.

Volunteer training

Regional Volunteer Workshop this June

03 April 2013

We’re running a free training event for Ramblers volunteers which will be an opportunity to deliver support and guidance as well as share ideas and best practice across a number of different volunteering activities.

HF Holidays logo

HF Holidays Centenary talks for local groups

02 April 2013

Did you know TA Leonard, founder of HF Holidays, was once president of the Ramblers? To celebrate their Centenary HF Holidays are offering illustrated talks on the history of the society and would love to come and tell you more.

Walker with bluebells

Host a bluebell walk

27 March 2013

It’s nearly time for Britain’s bluebells to bloom so why not consider hosting a bluebell walk this spring and adding it to the Group Walks Finder?

Group walk in summer

Walk Leader training in Wales

27 March 2013

Ramblers Cymru Walk Leader Training Course Llanelli May 11 2013.

Volunteer Zone screen grab

Update on website feedback

25 March 2013

Since the launch of the new website in December volunteers have been giving their feedback on the Volunteer Zone. We wanted to give you the latest update on some of the feedback which has been sent to us so far.

Volunteer Newsletter

New and improved Volunteer Newsletter

22 March 2013

We've been working hard to improve the way we communicate with our supporters and this includes improved eNewsletters. We'll shortly be sending out a refreshed Volunteer Newsletter, which will reflect the visual design of the new website and contain better content.

Benedict Southworth, Pembrokeshire

Benedict's volunteer update: April

22 March 2013

An April update for volunteers from Ramblers Chief Executive, Benedict Southworth.

50th 'Donate a Gate' installed on Isle of Wight

50th ‘Donate a Gate’ installed by Isle of Wight Ramblers

21 March 2013

The Isle of Wight Ramblers officially opened the 50th gate donated by the public this week, cutting the ribbon on a gate installed on the footpath near St Helens Church on the East side of the Island.

Group walking in woodland

Membership rates increase

20 March 2013

Some of our membership rates are being increased on 1 May 2013.

Get Walking Week logo

Get Walking Week publicity materials

15 March 2013

Publicity materials to help you promote Get Walking Week events are now available to download or order from central office.

Malcolms Footpath Appeal letter

Notice about our latest appeal

07 March 2013

Unfortunately an error made by our printer has resulted in some mistakes in our latest appeal letter sent to members.

Footpath signs

New edition of Footpath Worker available

04 March 2013

The latest edition of Footpath Worker is now available to download.

Walking along the Inverclyde coast

Inverclyde Ramblers help secure funding for coast path

28 February 2013

The Inverclyde Ramblers have helped Inverclyde Council secure £375,000 from the Big Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund to develop a coastal trail from Wemyss Bay to Langbank as a heritage project.

Tiger Bay Ramblers

Campaigns and Policy Conference June 2013

27 February 2013

Are you involved in the organisation and coordination of our rights of way; access and countryside work at Area level? If so we will be running a conference for you in June 2013 that will offer an opportunity to meet and share ideas with others doing similar work from across England and Wales.

Making Ways For Horses

Reaction to EAFs 'Making Ways for Horses'

25 February 2013

Our response to the Equestrian Access Forum's new document ‘Making Ways for Horses’.

Rural community

Growth and Infrastructure Bill

21 February 2013

The Growth and Infrastructure Bill made a sudden appearance in the Parliamentary schedules because a slot became available when House of Lords reforms were dropped and contains clauses amending rights of way legislation.

Canal towpath

Help us improve access to canals and rivers for walkers

20 February 2013

We're looking for a volunteer to represent the Ramblers on the Canal and River Trust's new National User Forum.

Ramblers volunteers

Inspiring walkers to volunteer

18 February 2013

We’re keen to inspire even more people who are passionate about walking to volunteer with us and we need you help!

Walking for Health leader at work

New briefing makes strong health case for walking investment

13 February 2013

A new briefing aimed at Walking for Health schemes could also help Ramblers volunteers arguing the case for investment in walking by providing facts and figures on walking, physical activity and health.

Get Walking Week logo

Get involved in Get Walking Week

12 February 2013

If your group is planning a walk between Satuday 4 and Saturday 11 May why not make it a short walk and join in Get Walking Week.

Kate Ashbrook

Need help with a campaign?

29 January 2013

Ramblers President Kate Ashbrook is keen to share her campaigning experience to help Ramblers volunteers with campaigning and lobbying.

South Wiltshire Ramblers installing a gate

Ramblers Volunteer Award

16 January 2013

Do you think your group or area deserve national recognition? At General Council we will be recognising our area's and groups that have gone that extra mile to ensure Britain is better for walkers.

Silver Slashers

Silver Slashers keep Anglesey’s paths clear for over 5 Years

14 January 2013

Last Friday (11 January) Benedict Southworth, Ramblers Chief Executive, visited Anglesey’s ‘Silver Slashers’ to celebrate the opening of a new boardwalk and see firsthand their dedicated work to keep the countryside open for walkers.

Holly

A Christmas thank you!

14 December 2012

On the 13 December 2012 Ramblers staff rang every group and area to thank you for the huge contribution you have made over 2012

Flintshire new stile

Flintshire path success

26 November 2012

In the late 1980s a footpath survey was carried out in the Community of Whitford in Flintshire. This found that 76% of the paths were either “obstructed or difficult to use”. As a result the local Ramblers began a campaign to get the paths open.

Footpath cuts report

Cuts report

12 October 2012

Our findings on the impact of local authority budget cuts to rights of way in England.

Dylan Thomas Community School path maintenance

Welsh students lend a hand to practical pathwork

03 July 2012

Pupils from the Dylan Thomas Community School in Swansea showed their support for walking in Britain during May by undertaking a series of practical pathwork sessions near Port Eynon.

Swansea new volunteers

120 new volunteers

28 June 2012

A total of 120 Welsh Baccalaureate students from Dylan Thomas Community School in Swansea participated in voluntary work over two weeks during late May 2012.

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