Equity and diversity framework

Ensuring everyone has equal opportunities

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion journey 

At the Ramblers we open the way so everyone can get out and go walking. Across Britain, we break down barriers that stand in the way and make sure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy walking. ​​We’re committed to fostering an environment that values and celebrates everyone’s unique experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.  We recognise that systems of inequalities exist which create barriers to people participating in sport and physical activity, including walking.​​ We want everyone to feel welcome in our organisation and wherever they enjoy walking.  


Progress to date  

In line with the charity’s strategic ambition to achieve equitable access for all communities to walk outdoors we have introduced a comprehensive range of learning and development opportunities and have developed practical and tailored resources that support meaningful change. 

Whilst we recognise it is important that we address a broad range of barriers that different groups may face, we have taken a data-led approach to identifying four areas of focus to ensure that we can deliver clear impact against our aim to improve participation of communities that have the least access and most barriers to the outdoors.  


Our four areas of focus 


People from Global Majority backgrounds 

People from Global Majority backgrounds make up only 2% of the Ramblers membership, despite representing 17% of the British population.  Nonetheless we believe we can play an important leadership role in making the outdoors more welcoming and we have committed to being an anti-racist organisation


People from less well-off backgrounds  

Research by the Ramblers and others has consistently shown that people from less well-off backgrounds and neighbourhoods have less access to local paths and green spaces.  They are also much less likely to take part in outdoor activities including walking. We believe we have a role to play in opening up more opportunities for people in less well-off communities to enjoy walking. 


People with sensory and physical disabilities     

Paths are the main way many of us get into the outdoors.  But our research shows that preventable issues are stopping 56% of people with physical and sensory disabilities from enjoying the benefits of getting outdoors.  We are committed to tackling these unnecessary barriers to ensure more people are able to get out walking, regardless of ability.  



Unlike many sports, physical activities and outdoor pursuits, research shows that more women than men are regular leisure walkers and 55% of the Ramblers members are women.  However, there is a tendency to undervalue women as leaders, to underestimate their technical skills and to ignore the potential impact of menstruation and menopause on those who enjoy walking. We are therefore committed to celebrating women’s achievements and to challenging sexism. 

In addition to these four areas of focus we will of course uphold our obligations under the Equality Act 2010.  We will also look for opportunities for the Ramblers, and our partner organisations, to break down barriers and address underrepresentation of other characteristics across the charity and the wider outdoors community.   


Future plans  

As we continue to educate ourselves on the issues associated with inequalities, we will continue to:  

  • improve diversity and representation across the charity  

  • embed understanding and awareness of exclusive behaviours  

  • educate on how to address discrimination   

  • partner with organisations that share our values and support our efforts to create a more just and equitable society.  

This will be an ongoing journey, and we will be continually evaluating our policies, practices, and culture to ensure that we are living up to our values and removing barriers to equality. We will keep checking our progress and sharing updates. 

A selfie photo of Arron smiling.  There are large rugged hills behind him.

Challenging perceptions of the Ramblers

Arron, the chair of Fillyaboots Merseyside Young Walkers talks about being a young, LGBT+, working class Rambler.

A woman in a courtyard

Walking for health

Joy shares the story of how taking part in Ramblers Wellbeing Walks has helped with her mental and physical health.

A distant couple, carrying a child walking along the beach next to the sea

A family friendly walk on the Northumberland coast path

Zahrah Mahmood and her family explore the natural beauty of the Northumberland section of the England coast path.