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Walking yourself to physical and mental health at 81

10 December 2018 by Danny Carden

Four years after his doctor suggested he join the Ramblers, 81-year-old Jim Snodgrass from South Queensferry has developed a deep love of walking, a new friendship group and his health and wellbeing are hugely improved.

Four people walking down a path that winds between low hills

What's in a landscape?

30 November 2018 by Alison Hallas

Alison Hallas, Ramblers policy officer, looks back at the history of our involvement with National Parks, and our current work supporting a new review into the future of protected landscapes

Protestors on the Thames with a sign "A Labour Government will give people a right to roam"

The campaign that changed our access to the countryside

29 November 2018 by Kate Conto

In the late 1990s – in the days before social media, the euro and 9/11 - I joined the Ramblers staff to help campaign for the right to roam.

Four men outdoors, wearing high-vis jackets replacing a gate

The knights of our rights of way

23 November 2018 by Ian Hardy

As the Ramblers campaigns to safeguard public access to the countryside post-Brexit, footpath secretary Ian Hardy highlights the role of volunteers working across England and Wales to defend our rights of way network.

Walking 3000 miles for mental health

23 November 2018 by Jake Tyler

"Walking and nature had done so much for my mental health, I knew I needed to do more. I thought if I did a big walk, it might inspire others to recognise the positive effects of exercise and the open air."

Prescribing nature

23 November 2018 by Phil Pickin

GP surgeries in Shetland are prescribing nature-based activities for patients with conditions ranging from high blood pressure to depression. But we don’t need a doctor’s prescription to start enjoying the wellbeing benefits of nature, says Phil Pickin.

Back on our feet after bereavement

22 November 2018 by Elyssa Campbell-Barr

As the government publishes its first national strategy on loneliness, at the Ramblers we’re spreading the word about how walking can help people overcome social isolation and improve their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.

A view from down low, beside a dark tree of a man walking in the woods

Capturing what enchants me in the woods

08 November 2018 by Jamie Marshall

The woods are probably my favourite place to go walking. And autumn is definitely my favourite time of year to head out amongst the trees; crisp leaves rustle, twigs crack and the waning sun paints amazing patterns on the woodland floor.

A group of people walking along a footpath beside grasses and the coast

What does the budget mean for walking?

29 October 2018 by Gemma Cantelo

From Whitehall to town halls, getting more people walking and cycling is increasingly recognised as ‘a good thing’. But, as the Budget proves, when it comes to investment, the car is still king.

A woman and young man, seated outdoors with a dog

Margot and Thomas are Stepping Out

24 October 2018 by Guest blogger

Margot and her son Thomas, joined the Stepping Out Carers’ Walks in Kent for the first time this year.

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