Walk Leader | Sheffield Ramblers
From childhood I have always loved the great outdoors and was aware from an early age of the limitations imposed on our enjoyment of it. From my days as a member of the Woodcraft Folk and a youth leader in that organisation I have always seen the outdoors as the "university of life". From it we learn about equailty, the "great book of nature" and life itself.
In joining the Ramblers I saw this national organisation as having the potential to reach out to all people and to help them see and appreciate all the benefits offered by a countryside learning experience. To this end I have been involved in Ramblers projects directed at children and young people offering them a wide range of adventure activities in the countryside.
I was in the vanguard of the Freedom to Roam campaign in Sheffield which helped bring about the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (CRoW) 2000, something I am particularly pleased about as this succcess was over two hundred years in the making. I organised and ran many trespass walks leading up to the CROW Act and helped keep alive the "Spirit of Kinder".
I lead many Ramblers walks for all abilities and take particular care to make sure every walk is of interest and also offers an experience (something new, something different). Footpaths are vital for everybody and it is everyday bread and butter to me trying to improve and increase the network. I'm no specialist in this area of work but acknowledge and support the work of those who are. I am particularly keen on the history of our rights of way and the need to protect those we have and to search out those we haven't got, yet.
I don't volunteer just for something to do, I do it because I believe in it. We are not going to get what we want by waiting for it, we have to go out and get it. And in what better company than the Ramblers and all our committed members and friends, and those we have yet to meet.
Walk Leader, Sheffield Ramblers
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