Promoting walking

Walking regularly can help you stay healthy and live longer, keep happy, enjoy time with friends and family, learn more about your local area, meet other people, make new friends and look after the environment. And almost everyone can do it, anywhere and at any time, for free.

The Ramblers works to promote walking for pleasure, health, leisure and transport to everyone, of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, in towns and cities as well as in the countryside. We want Britain to be a place where people choose to go walking, contributing to their health and well being and supporting a more sustainable way of life.

We offer practical support to get people walking, and to sustain and increase the amount of walking they do, in a variety of ways.

  • Through practical projects especially targeting people new to walking or who could most benefit from doing more exercise. For example we coordinate national networks of health walks schemes and deliver walking programmes in community settings.
  • Through providing organised led walks, including more than 38,000 walks a year led by Ramblers volunteers across Great Britain through our network of Areas and Groups, ranging from short urban strolls to challenging highland hikes.
  • Through helping people navigate the walking environment by promoting and researching high quality walking routes, from our extensive and growing online library of routes, Ramblers Routes, to our longstanding work to establish high quality signed trails on the ground.
  • Through providing walking information both online and in print, with a wealth of authoritative practical advice for walkers at all levels drawing on decades of experience and expertise.

Our walking projects

The Ramblers delivers a range of exciting and successful practical projects across England, Scotland and Wales aimed at getting more people of all ages walking more often for health, transport and pleasure, in towns and cities as well as in the countryside.

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Led walks

An introduction to Ramblers work as Britain's foremost provider of organised led walks.

Walking routes

The Ramblers makes it easy everyone to discover the outdoors on foot. One of the ways we do this is by researching and promoting walking routes that make the best of the country’s varied countryside, historic towns and cities, nature and heritage.

Supporting other projects

How the Ramblers supports and works in partnership with other organisations on their walking projects.

Walking information

We provide practical information and advice on walking issues to the walking public and those interested in taking up walking.

Walking festivals and events

We run walking festivals and events to encourage people to get together and enjoy the outdoors, discover their local area and introduce new people to walking.

Our mission

Find out more about what we do from Ramblers Chief Executive Benedict Southworth.

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