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  • CoronaVirus

Message from the Ramblers Central Office.

Updated 17 March 2020

You will have seen the announcements made by the Government yesterday evening (Monday, 16 March). We have been following Government advice and we continue to do so.  Our top priority is protecting the health of our members, volunteers and staff.  We also want to help suppress the spread of the covid19 virus.  So, I want to update you on what the Ramblers is doing and what we need you to do. 

Ramblers GB is suspending the following activities from Wednesday 18 March until at least 31 May 2020 – subject to further developments:

  • all group led walks.
  • all Ramblers Walking for Health schemes.
  • all activities by Ramblers volunteers including training, path maintenance working groups, coach trips and holidays, meetings, group and social events
  • training for Ramblers.
  • the Ramblers GB General Council conference due to be held in Bristol on 4-5 April.

  • ICE - In Case of Emergency

We all carry our mobile phones with names and numbers stored in its memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency). The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn't know which number to call.

He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognised name for this purpose.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialling the number you have stored as 'ICE'. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. For more than one contact name, simply enter ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

For further information about ICE follow the link In Case of Emergency.

  • Walking near livestock

The countryside is an inspiring place to walk but it can also be little daunting when cows and bulls are grazing near your path. But the countryside is working environment and it's important to be mindful and respectful of farms and farm animals, particularly during spring when cattle are rearing their young. Here's some advice from our experts on what do when walking near cattle.

  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor

Cotswold Outdoor is the Ramblers Recommended Retailer. All current Ramblers members are entitled to a discretionary 15% discount.


New members joining the RA will also receive an introductory 20% voucher valid for three months. Simply present your RA membership card and voucher to claim your discount.

Discounts are not available on sale and special offer items.

Your local Cotswold Outdoor Preston store is located at...

Cotswold Outdoor
Crystal House
135 Fishergate
01772 270 910

The store offers a full expert boot fitting service by a fully trained fitting technician (appointment recommended). If you already have walking boots but having problems with them, take them in and they will assess whether it is something that can be addressed though insoles or volume reducers.

Discounts shown are wholly at the discretion of the retailer and are not an entitlement to Ramblers members.