#YourPathAwaits

​From walking and climbing to photography and wild camping… none of our countryside adventures would be possible without our amazing path network.

We've asked people from across the country why they think paths are important and we're sharing their stories below. But we also want to hear where your paths take you!

Why do you love paths, what has our path network allowed you to do, what is your favourite path? We'd love to hear why you have become a path protector! Head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to share your stories and your pictures, or email us at campaigns@ramblers.org.uk and we may feature you on this page!

Don't forget to tag all your posts with #YourPathAwaits to join the conversation.
 

Bonita Norris

Whenever I’m out in the rare and wildest parts of our island I’m always struck by how lucky I feel to be able to access such beautiful places and have the right to do so. I would be devastated to have this taken away from myself and others. Access to nature is vital for us as human beings, and with mental and physical health problems on the rise, it is more important than ever that we protect and encourage the use of the paths network.

Bonita Norris
(Adventurer and path protector)



Phoebe Smith

Our nationwide network of walking trails is quite literally the pathway to endless adventures. They led me to my love for wild camping and wild places and my tireless effort to protect our right to roam. Without them we will certainly lose our way. Please support the Ramblers in this vital campaign.

Phoebe Smith
(Extreme Sleeping, Wild Camping Adventurer)

Alastair Humphreys

Whenever I post images online of enjoying the access to local wilderness that we have in the UK, I invariably receive messages from people in other countries envying the freedom we have. We won't appreciate this access until it has gone.

Alastair Humphreys
(Adventurer and path protector)

Sue Hadow

Any future agricultural payments regime needs to have the idea of public goods at its core. In my mind that should include the right of the public to expect that public monies should be spent on striving towards the ideals of clean air, clean water, healthy soil and reasonable access to sustainably managed farmland and woodlands to encourage healthy lifestyles.

Sue Hadow
(Farmer)

Write to your MP

Join us in calling for an Agriculture Bill that protects and enhances public rights of way.

Levison Wood

It’s crucial that we look after our countryside and its paths. The invaluable network of paths and trails lead us on all sorts of adventures, big and small. These paths are what led me into local parks, wilderness areas and even our country’s National Parks as a boy and started my life in adventure. So I'd encourage everyone to get behind this campaign in order to protect the outdoor activities that we love.

Levison Wood
(Adventurer and path protector)

Thomas Heaton

Without the extensive networks of footpaths in the UK, it would not be possible for people like me to safely go out, experience, photograph and share the beautiful and wild nature that Britain has to offer. They guide us to locations that leave you speechless and they are our safety line when the fog envelops the remote fells leaving us blind. I always speak proudly of our footpaths to those who aren’t as fortunate as us, they are in keeping with the local landscape, tastefully laid down and well maintained with no concrete, no railings, and no entry fees. Our paths are so much to so many people and without them the wilds of the UK would only be for the few and not the many, which would be a great shame.

Thomas Heaton
(Adventurer and path protector)




Ramblers volunteers across the country campaign for and protect paths and many roll their sleeves up and get stuck in with fixing them.


...from the 26,000 Ramblers volunteers who roll up with their sleeves 
Who install gates, fix stiles, and much much more...





Julia Bradbury

 


Walking is Britain’s favourite form of exercise and taking a hike on your own, with the family or just with the dog is a perfect way to get out and have time to relax. It’s great for our physical and mental health and the path network throughout the length and breadth of the UK is so important as it enables everyone free access to the countryside. Our paths can’t look after themselves so they need to be maintained and protected to allow us all to be able to embrace the great outdoors for generations to come.

Julia Bradbury
(TV presenter and walker)