Blogs

What does a footpath officer do?

06 October 2021 by Guest blogger

While many of us regularly enjoy walking the thousands of miles of paths that crisscross the UK, many may not realise the role Ramblers volunteer footpath officers play behind the scenes to protect the path network and ensure it is the best it can be for all of us who love to follow it.

The Rutland Round

14 September 2021 by Sophia Khan

How one Ramblers volunteer was the driving force behind transforming Rutland’s paths from ‘pretty rubbish’ to ‘some of the finest in the country’

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Mindful walking and your connection with nature

30 August 2021 by Dr Jade Elizabeth

Ever wondered why you feel a sense of ease when you are out in nature, or when you take a deep breath of fresh air you feel as your mind has cleared and notice that the problem you have not been able to figure out suddenly makes sense? Ramblers #WalkYourWay Ambassador, Dr jade Eizabeth, shares her 5 favourite ways to hike more mindfully.

Tree path

Could we see hundreds of thousands of more trees planted across England

25 August 2021 by Alison Hallas

The England Trees Action Plan sets out how the government intends to meet its target of planting 30,000 hectares of trees a year across the UK by 2025

Cotswold Way waymarker

Cotswold Way at 50

23 August 2021 by Natalie Hoare

The Cotswold Way passed its 50th anniversary on Sunday 17 May 2020, at the height of the pandemic. Gloucestershire Ramblers are helping to organise postponed celebrations during September.

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Can clearing paths boost wildlife?

23 August 2021 by Tom Hibbert, The Wildlife Trusts

Britain’s landscapes have been shaped by humans for thousands of years. Livestock grazing, coppicing and even path maintenance can all play a role in protecting important wildlife habitats.

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A different side to walking

24 June 2021 by Kate Davis, delivery officer at the Ramblers

When arthritis threatened to stop walk leader Chris in his tracks, he was worried he was going to have to stop walking. But, during the pandemic, he realised that it’s the experience – not the mileage – that’s the most important thing to him.

The perfect packed lunch for a ramble - my way!

09 June 2021 by Sally Prosser

This summer the Ramblers are inviting us all to get out and explore the great outdoors with the #WalkYourWay campaign. There is no one right way to ramble, but if you follow me on social media, you will notice that walking my way usually revolves around food and a good cup of tea!

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Old allies rekindle the campaign for national parks

02 June 2021 by Tompion Platt

Looking back at the 70th anniversary of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside (1949) Act and the campaigners who made it happen.

Row of colourful beach huts

Britain's beautiful beach huts

25 May 2021 by Karen Averby

A quintessential symbol of the British seaside, beach huts are cute painted sheds that have a loyal and devoted following. Buildings historian Karen Averby gives a historical overview of these quirky buildings and reveals some of the more unusual ones to see.

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