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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19 August 2019 by Paula Renzel
We hear about Paula's challenges of overcoming the fear on her first solo long-distance hike, 5-6 days along the Snowdonia Slate Trail in North Wales.
15 August 2019 by Gemma Cantelo
Boris Johnson has a tough task ahead. Brexit will dominate his first few months in Number 10, but it’s not the only challenge ahead. Gemma Cantelo, Ramblers’ head of policy and advocacy, reflects on what we need to see from the new government.
08 August 2019 by Jess Borham
We hear from Jess about her experience taking on the Snowdon at night challenge to support the Ramblers.
18 July 2019 by Pam Byrd
The Deepings received a special recognition in our Britain's Best Walking Neighbourhood Awards 2019. Pam Byrd, of the Deepings Neighbourhood planning team, talks about her neighbourhood, receiving the award and gives her advice for those looking to nominate their neighbourhood next year!