Four free ways you can make a difference this year
If one of your new year’s resolutions was to make a difference by giving something back, we’ve got four great ways you can support the Ramblers from the comfort of your home and at no cost to your wallet. So when you aren’t out enjoying winter walks or planning routes for those brighter spring days, perhaps one of these ideas will pique your interest.
1. Get Britain’s paths on the map!
Our paths, tracks and trails are some of our most precious assets in Britain. They deserve to be protected and we want everyone to be able to enjoy them.
We have two great mapping projects we would love your help with:
Research lost paths in England and Wales with Don’t Lose Your Way
Over recent years, thousands of you have helped us track down 49,000 miles of lost paths. These paths are not legally recognised and therefore do not have legal protection. Without action, they are at risk of disappearing forever. Whether or not you’ve researched lost paths before, want to work from home, in the archives or on the ground, we need your help to save them.
Get Scotland’s paths on the Map
We’re creating the best-ever map of Scottish paths featuring hundreds of previously hidden trails. Help us expand and improve the map by joining our growing team of volunteers who are getting out to check the paths and log new ones.
2. Share your story
We’re always looking for stories that help bring the Ramblers and the world of walking alive. We share these stories in different ways to help us to inspire more people to get out walking and fight for the places we love to wander.
Everyone walks for a different reason. Whether it’s for health, friendship, community or adventure. What’s your story?
If walking has made an impact in your life, however big or small, we would love to hear from you.
Drop us an email and we can arrange a chat!
3. Follow, comment and share!
One of the simplest and most effective ways you can support us is by joining our social media community and engaging with our posts.
When more of you add your voices to our posts through likes, comments, and shares, the louder we can be heard by the people that can make a real difference for walkers in Britain. Which means the greater impact we can have with our campaigns that call on decision-makers to protect and expand everyone's access to the outdoors.
4. Use your Ramblers discounts
Okay, this one isn't free exactly, but if you’re a member of the Ramblers, and you’re planning to buy new walking gear anyway, remember to use your 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runners Need. When you save with your discount, a percentage of the purchase price is returned to the Ramblers to help us look after the places you love to explore. Everyone’s a winner!
More ways to support us
There are plenty more ways to get involved and support the work we do! Find out more on our website. As Britain’s Walking charity, we couldn’t do what we do without the generosity of our supporters. We recognise there’s pressure on pockets right now. But if you are in a position to donate to support our crucial work, we hugely appreciate it.
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