Our countryside paths are one of Britain’s most precious assets. Hidden in plain sight, they allow all of us to access and enjoy the countryside. Whether you're a walker, nature lover or wild swimmer, there is a path awaiting you. 

But keeping them in good condition requires hard work

Ramblers volunteers are at the heart of protecting and enhancing the path network, and we're celebrating everything they do to give us the opportunity to access nature on our doorstep. 

The stories on this page show the dedicated work of our path maintenance teams, the footpath officers who keep paths open and accessible, and groups who protect our landscapes and the natural diversity that makes them an enjoyable place to walk.

Support our paths the next time you go out for a walk and get involved using the hashtag #YourPathAwaits. 

 

 

The final product - a new shiny gate that improves accessibility and safety

A rRipple but no waves in North Bucks

George Redmayne spent a day in the company of the North Bucks rRIPPLE team who gave a fascinating glimpse into the world of path maintenance.

 

Group of Ramblers standing on top of Arthur's seat on a grey day.

Footpaths are the lifeblood of all walkers

Oliver Taylor tells us about how he got involved with the Ramblers as a 15-year-old, his work as footpath secretary and walk leader and the importance of path maintenance work.

Group of people standing on a path in the countryside in front of several bags full of rubbish. They are all holding litter picking sticks.

A bit of spring cleaning for Berkshire litter heroes

Publicity Officer for Berkshire Ramblers, Jason Owens, talks about the group's second litter picking walk, which took place on a sunny weekend in April. 

Ramblers step up to re-open the Tyne & Wear Heritage Way

Judith Taylor, Ramblers volunteer, writes about how proud she is to be part of the team working to re-open the the Tyne and Wear Heritage Way.

Five ways you can protect our paths

Help us protect our paths today – We’ve outlined five easy ways you can make a real difference to the paths near you
 

Scotland

Ramblers Scotland are busy working to get paths on the maps and on the ground through the Out There campaign and Mapping Scotland’s Paths project.

Wales

From the Cambrian Way, to the Paths for People project, Ramblers Cymru is leading the way in protecting and expanding our network of paths.