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Walking Offa’s Dyke 50 years ago

23 February 2021 by Sian Evans

Sian Evans was eight years old when she and her family walked the 285km/177-mile length of the Offa’s Dyke Path a year after it opened. As the National Trail marks its 50th birthday, she and her family share some of the memories of this long-distance family adventure.

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Walking Class Heroes – GHB ‘Bert’ Ward (1876-1957)

23 February 2021 by Roly Smith

GHB Ward was a walkers’ rights campaigner who founded the Sheffield Clarion Ramblers, considered to be the first working class walking group. This is the third excerpt from the recent book Walking Class Heroes, in which the lives of 20 pioneers of the Right to Roam are examined. 

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The power of forest bathing

23 February 2021 by Dr Nick Summerton

The decades-old Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku is becoming increasingly popular in the western world for good reason. Spending more times in nature – especially among trees – can work wonders on our physical and mental health.

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The soundtrack of spring

23 February 2021 by Tom Hibbert, The Wildlife Trusts

The warming temperatures and lengthening days switch male songbirds into one-man-bands as they establish and defend territories and seek to woo a mate. This welcome sign of spring is about so much more than a celebration of the season for birds.

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Finding my community in the outdoors

19 February 2021 by Lahari Parchuri

I definitely wanted to meet new people and to build new friendships. In hindsight, I don't think I realised how much of a motivation this was for joining the Ramblers. And now, all my best friends are from the group, we socialise a lot outside of the walks, and it's fantastic to be a part of it. Read Lahari's story.

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Empowering the next generation to explore the great outdoors

08 February 2021 by Tanne Spielman

At the Ramblers, we believe everyone, no matter what age or background, should have the chance to discover the joy of walking in the great outdoors. And that’s exactly what the brilliant ‘Out There Award’ that is delivered by Ramblers Scotland is all about.

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Securing a better future for public access to nature

26 January 2021 by Stephen Russell

The Environment Bill is due to return for debate in the House of Commons. This is one of the final opportunities for MPs to scrutinise the Government’s plans for the environment outside of the EU.

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Savouring the glow

22 January 2021 by Lisa Wells

Wandering along the sandy beach with the sun setting in front of me, I was reminded that I don’t just walk to exercise the dogs. I walk for me and the peace I feel by simply putting one foot in front of the other.

In this blog, sunset chaser and Ramblers #walkinwinter ambassador, Lisa Wells, talks about what savouring the glow in winter means to her.

Tree in snowy Dartmoor.

From Dubai to Dartmoor

22 January 2021 by Sally Prosser

Not only have I survived being outdoors in December in the UK, I’ve relished every ramble during this allegedly Spartan time of the year. Being led on new routes to different places is one of the things I value most about being with Tavistock Ramblers. However, revisiting lanes, tracks, fields and tors during this striking season brings a new perspective.

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Finding joy and wellbeing in the hills and on the beaches of Yorkshire: Walk in Winter

16 December 2020 by Jo Moseley

Walking and hiking for me have always been about belonging and connection, to a place, to my family and more recently to my purpose and midlife wellbeing.

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