Blogs

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.

A man standing on a path beside a lake

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."

A woman standing still among tall forest trees

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.

A large group of people standing on a rock, over a valley

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.

Reaching the North Pole

Arctic adventure

24 August 2018 by Misba Khan

From weekend walker to North Pole adventurer. For Misba Khan from Manchester, joining a Ramblers group was the start of an incredible journey that led her all the way to the Arctic.

A map

Act now to protect our paths

24 August 2018 by Jack Cornish

We are blessed in England and Wales with a fantastic network of paths – nearly 140,000 miles of rights of way (enough to stretch round the earth five times or half way to the moon!). However, there are thousands of historical rights of way which have not been recorded and if they are not claimed by 2026 they will be lost – forever!