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The Time Is Now

26 June 2019 by Gemma Cantelo

Today, thousands of people will line the streets of Westminster as part of The Time Is Now, a mass lobby for climate, nature and people. Why is the Ramblers is taking part?

Greening the urban landscape - the path to clean air

20 June 2019 by Alison Hallas

There are many benefits to urban walking. As well as the mental and physical health benefits of being out on foot and getting some exercise on your way to the shops or office, good walking neighbourhoods mean cleaner air and safer streets, due to fewer cars on roads and greener surroundings.

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A Volunteer Award for Brian

05 June 2019 by Ed Wilson

Presenting a national Volunteer Award to Brian Micklam from West Wiltshire for his work as footpath secretary and local action.

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A new European path for peace

28 May 2019 by Beth Salt

Tracing the line of the 1914-18 battle front, the Western Front Way is a proposed 725km path for peace and remembrance that runs from the Swiss border in the south, through France and Belgium to the North Sea. As the first 140km section is unveiled, Beth Salt explains how the project got off the ground.

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How we can protect our trees

28 May 2019 by Laura Brooker

Trees, woodlands, and forests are wonderful things. They purify our air, beautify our landscapes, and provide refuges for both wildlife and people. But our trees are at risk from an ever-increasing threat. The Forestry Commission’s biosecurity information officer Laura Brooker explains.

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Q&A with Walk's new gear testers

28 May 2019 by Natalie Hoare

Walk’s new gear testers are passionate about the outdoors. They’ve written several walking guidebooks, completed ultramarathons and adventure races - and spent a year living under canvas with their two young children.

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Urban wildlife

28 May 2019 by Phil Pickin

Many wildlife species have successfully adapted and learned to live alongside us in the hidden corners of our towns and cities. Phil Pickin examines the creatures most frequently found living in our midst

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When we walk together we grow together

17 May 2019 by Jess Borham

Some of my earliest memories are of me and my brother and sister, my dad and my dog walking for what felt like hours on end along the canals of Birmingham on a hot summer’s day.

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Reflections on General Council 2019

16 May 2019 by Kate Ashbrook

General Council is a pivotal moment in the Ramblers’ year. We must answer those big questions: how do we become more relevant to all Britain’s walkers, increase membership, fill our volunteer vacancies? General Council is the time to debate them.

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A bit of spring cleaning for Berkshire litter heroes

01 May 2019 by Jason Owens

Publicity Officer for Berkshire Ramblers, Jason Owens, talks about the group's second litter picking walk, which took place on a sunny weekend April.