Rambling, is it for you?

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A few years ago, my 15 year old daughter approached me and said: “Dad, you always take me on nice holidays abroad but why do we never explore the beautiful countryside in the UK.”

Slightly surprised knowing the rather special holidays we had enjoyed, I decided to explore this a bit more with her. We got the map out and decided to visit the Yorkshire Dales. That summer we went for a week to the Lake District. It really gave us a taste of the stunning countryside we have in the UK.

One weekend my daughter and I went to Dovedale in the Peak District for a leisurely 8 mile walk. Sitting afterwards in the pub enjoying a well-deserved pint, a group of Ramblers arrived. The guy I was talking to started to tell us all about the Ramblers and that there are groups in all parts of the UK. Arriving back home, I looked up the Grantham Ramblers programme and after having “tested” them for a couple of walks, I became a Ramblers member.

Nowadays I very much enjoy the Sunday walks they lay on. The leaders often take you to local places you did not even know existed. My daughter now studies in Scotland and whenever I am up there we always join one or two of the Ramblers walks. Whether you like a leisurely family walk or a real leg-stretcher, there is something for everybody.

They are a very welcoming bunch of walkers

Why not have a go?