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. This is in addition to our regular programmes of walks organised by local volunteers.
In 2012, Ramblers became the new host of the national centre of Walking for Health, the network of health walks schemes in England, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. We took over from Natural England to support many hundreds of schemes across England.
Since 2007 we have been delivering an innovative walking programme in England, Get Walking Keep Walking, aimed at inactive people. We have a proud record of reaching groups that suffer disproportionately from low levels of physical activity and poor health, such as people from areas of deprivation and black and minority ethnic communities, and successfully helping them become more active. Get Walking has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as a leading example of promoting physical activity in deprived communities.
Get Walking Week, our annual walking awareness event in May, brings together our walking projects and established local volunteers to run short walks, helping thousands of people the opportunity to discover the pleasures and benefits of walking.
In Scotland Ramblers is working hard to help create a lasting physical activity legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games, including our Medal Routes project to establish walking routes around local communities using existing paths, and our Take30 project providing resources to get people more active through walking.
Ramblers Cymru currently coordinates support for Let’s Walk Cymru, the network of health walks schemes in Wales, which in turn part funds our work to increase the opportunities for families and young people to enjoy the outdoors and walking in Wales under our Scramblers project.