Blogs

A hill top, with a path winding up between the ferns and a stone wall

What does the Glover review mean for walkers?

21 October 2019 by Alison Hallas

The final report of the government’s independent review of protected landscapes, landed at the end of September to wide acclaim. It’s full of ambition for how our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (collectively called the ‘National Landscapes’ in the report) can meet our needs in the 21st century.

Group of Ramblers standing on top of Arthur's seat on a grey day.

Footpaths are the lifeblood of all walkers

24 September 2019 by Oliver Taylor

Oliver Taylor tells us about how he got involved with the Ramblers as a 15-year-old, his work as footpath secretary and walk leader for the Huddersfield Group and the importance of path maintenance work!

Cliff, coastal path, beach and sea.

Make real footprints not carbon footprints: why the Ramblers are joining the climate strike

18 September 2019 by Camilla Zerr

Many Ramblers staff will be leading a walk to join the young people, organisations and individuals supporting the climate strike near parliament, although our office will stay open.

Person standing on a mountain top beneath the milky way

The future of National Parks

12 September 2019 by Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall, Campaigns and Communications Officer at Campaign for National Parks takes a look at what the future might hold for National Parks

Black and white photo of four women walking in dresses and hats.

The WI celebrates the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act

12 September 2019 by Fiona Hughes

The WI is proud to be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act. Encouraging people to walk and make the most of the beautiful green spaces across the UK will have endless benefits, from personal health and wellbeing, to reducing social isolation, something that is at the very heart of the WI’s ethos.

Chris Rich and the South Wiltshire Ramblers stand beside the donated kissing gate.

Salisbury Rambler remembers father with a kissing gate

29 August 2019 by Deborah Hyde

Chris Riches was searching for a fitting way to commemorate his late father, who inspired his love of getting out into the countryside. Happily, help was at hand from South Wiltshire Ramblers, resulting in a new ‘kissing gate’ being installed at East Knoyle.

Outdoor gear: then and now

28 August 2019 by Jen and Sim Benson

A glimpse at typical outdoor clothing worn on the mountains and moors of Britain during the 1940s, when the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act came about – and how it compares to today’s cutting-edge kit.

Tom Stephenson and the struggle for walkers rights

28 August 2019 by Hilary Flockhart

Hilary Flockhart, Ramblers volunteer, has been digging through the archives to uncover the story of Tom Stephenson and the passing of the 1949 Act.

Protecting Scotland's landscapes

28 August 2019 by Danny Carden

While the 1949 Act didn’t include Scotland in much of its scope, it did introduce NNRs, and the first in the UK was opened at Beinn Eighe in Torridon.

Path covered in autumn leaves, leading into some trees, with three people walking along it in the distance.

The stories paths tell

27 August 2019 by Sophia Khan

There are an estimated 10,000 miles of footpaths missing from the definitive map and our Don't Lose Your Way campaign aims to identify and protect as many of them as possible. Not only are they a way of getting us from A to B, our paths also connect us to nature, link up communities and have fascinating stories to tell, gathered over generations of use - a vital part of our heritage.