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Marika, who is blind, walks with two other walkers and climbs over a stile

Walking is about more than what you can see

Ramblers member Marika has been blind since childhood, but that hasn’t stopped her from enjoying walking.

Three people in winter clothes, standing in field, looking at a map and smiling.

Five free ways you can fight for the outdoors in 2023

Did you start the year planning to spend more time outdoors, while also making a difference? Here are five free ways you can make a difference this year.

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.


Access to nature in England - how is the government doing?

The Covid-19 pandemic made us more aware than ever of the importance of being able to access nature. But is the government doing enough to improve access?

A young woman by the coast

A bimble around the coast of Britain

Dissatisfied with staring at screens all day, Emma challenged herself to a walk around Britain’s coast. After four-hundred-plus days, she shared her story.

thetford forest haroon mota walking

An accessible woodland walk in Thetford Forest

Haroon Mota, founder of Muslim Hikers, enjoys this peaceful woodland walk on trail that’s accessible to all.

Two women standing on a boardwalk in front of a shingle beach

An adventure on the coast path in Kent

Walking the Kent coast for her 70th birthday inspired Helen Wild to begin a journey of annual walking challenges with friends. 

A black man standing outdoors

Feeling at home in the countryside

Nick looks back at discovering walking in the countryside, the lack of diversity in the outdoors, and his passion to make sure his kids enjoy the countryside.

A man and young man, talking, standing on a hill

Sunday ‘Big Walks’ with my learning disabled son

Ramblers member Alan shares with us his experiences of walking with his son Eddie who has Downs Syndrome.

Two women standing beside a cut ribbon

Opening the Northumbrian sections of the England Coast Path

Ramblers member Nuala has played a key role in opening her local Northumbrian stretches of the England Coast path.


Rediscovering the joys of walking

Kandra realised during lockdown that walking had been missing from her life. Now she’s a Ramblers member regularly enjoying group walks and meeting new people.


Rishi Sunak, why is access to the outdoors not available to all?

The new Prime Minister must recognise how vital access to the outdoors is to everyone’s health and wellbeing, no matter where they live or their walk of life.

A couple walking by the sea

Walking with dementia

Jane explains how walking has been a comfort for her and husband Geoff since he was diagnosed with dementia.

An old black and white photograph of a large group of men at the Kinder Trespass

The Kinder Scout mass trespass of 1932

In 1932, a mass public trespass took place on Kinder Scout – a landmark protest in improving access to the countryside.


The Definitive Map

The Definitive Map is an important legal record of public rights of way in England and Wales. But how and why did it come to exist?

A woman smiling outside.

How walking helped my mental health

Gina tells how walking with others has helped her feel like herself again and why she encourages those with mental health struggles to join a walking group.


Walking the Ramblers through a difficult flu season

Dr Hilary Jones talks about what’s going on inside your body as you age, and what we can do to help keep our immune system strong this winter

A woman and daughter wearing veils, out walking in autumn

Walking to catch up with friends

Anjum shares how walking in nature in North London helps her relax and keep in touch with family and friends.

Don't Lose Your Way

How to abolish the 2026 deadline for saving lost paths

Ministers have been trying to find a way to meet their commitment to abolishing the deadline. We’ve found one for them – the Levelling Up Bill


Cost-conscious rambling

As the cost-of-living crisis bites, walking remains an affordable pleasure. But how can we cut costs, while also supporting others who are struggling?

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.

Colin about to finish his first round of Munros, at Beinn na Lap, in 2004

Addicted to hill bagging

Ramblers Scotland volunteer Colin Lees discusses ticking the Munros and other popular hill lists and offers his top tips.