The Ramblers is Britain’s leading organisation helping people to enjoy the benefits of walking by making it easy for everyone to discover the outdoors and enjoy healthy exercise. One of the ways we do this is by providing a varied programme of organised group led walks for walkers of all abilities and we're Britain’s biggest single provider of this sort of programme.
Thanks in large part to the efforts of our volunteers, Britain has a huge variety of great walking opportunities both in the countryside and city. But not everyone feels confident going out on their own, especially if they’re new to walking or in an unfamiliar area. Walking in a group is also a socialable activity, and a great way to make new friends.
Our volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales run a comprehensive programme of group led walks – more than 45,000 a year, involving around 12,000 walk leaders and attracting around 300,000 participants a year.
Walks range from short urban strolls lasting no more than a couple of hours to more challenging hikes in some of our most remote and beautiful countryside. These walks are intended for our members but non-members can try walking with us for free before joining.
We also support national networks of health walks schemes, enabling many hundreds of partners – like local authorities, NHS bodies and local voluntary organisations and charities – to provide very short, easy, local walks with trained leaders.
We run the national centre of Walking for Health in England in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, and help manage Let’s Walk Cymru in Wales. Between them these initiatives help more than 75,000 people stay active and healthy through walking. In Scotland we are a partner in Paths for All, which supports the Scottish health walks network.