The Area is the primary source of campaigning efforts in support of the national organisation. It also coordinates the activities of the groups and manages the funding of all activities within the Area.

We have a regular programme of inspections checking the state of our rights of way and report any defects to help the local authority maintain them. We monitor all applications to divert or extinguish rights of way and will object and fight them if we feel it justified.

We also respond to numerous planning applications and consultations on development strategies, to protect and on occasion suggest enhancements to the rights of way network. This currently involves level crossing closures by Network Rail, the impacts of HS2 and the many large urban extensions being suggested around the counties. Both locally and nationally we also respond to government consultations on matters impacting on the countryside and footpaths.

Members of the Area committee serve on numerous other bodies, promoting the cause of the walking community. These include the National Forest Access & Recreation Group, the Leicestershire Parks, Open Spaces and Countryside Group, the Leicestershire Local Access Forum, the Leicester City Local Access Forum, the Leicestershire Together, Natural & Historic Environment Partnership, the Charnwood Forest Regional Park Steering Group and the Landscape Partnership Board

We have eight groups and also have a number of affiliated organisations and they are entitled to elect up to two representatives to serve on the AEC. In addition two individual members may be elected to join without portfolio. Members are elected at the AGM which is held on a Saturday late in January each year, hosted by one of the groups in turn.

Our groups put on approaching 1000 walks each year some locally and some further afield, and there are walks for all ages and levels of fitness. There is a mix of weekend walks, midweek evening walks and some daytime walks including Walking for Health programmes.

The Area also organises one Area Walk each year and has an Area Quiz to give opportunities for members of different groups to get together and compare notes and ideas.

Twice a year we publish a round-up of Area issues in "Write of Way".

Going along on a few group walks is a great way to get to know a local Ramblers group and see if it’s right for you before joining. You can browse the Ramblers website Group Walks Finder to see who is organising walks all over the country and how to meet up. Our membership use organised walking holidays and often form small informal groups to travel all over the world. If you want to meet and make friends within the the wider walking community and to enjoy these opportunities do come and try walking with our groups.

When you decide to join, you’ll be given a selection of groups to choose from based on your postcode but you can opt for another group if you prefer. Choosing a group doesn’t stop you from walking with other groups nearby or further afield and you can change your group at any time.