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‘Three unique words’ map

26 February 2020 by Bob Cockshott

What3Words has divided the globe into 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique three-word code. As more groups adopt the mapping software for their walks, Rambler and Royal Institute of Navigation fellow Bob Cockshott considers the system’s advantages over alphanumerical coordinates.

Going the distance

26 February 2020 by Roy Emes

When one man joined the Ramblers a decade ago, he couldn’t possibly have imagined quite how much it would change his life. Or that he’d clock up 20,000 miles.

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Mapping wildlife networks

26 February 2020 by Tom Hibbert, The Wildlife Trusts

By mapping and connecting every bit of wild habitat, from historic paths and forests, to pocket parks and urban street trees, we can stem to loss of biodiversity and enjoy more interactions with nature.

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Better access to nature makes us kinder to the environment – why we need greener urban spaces

16 January 2020 by Kate Conto

New research published by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter has found that people who have access to nature in cities are much more likely to behave in environmentally friendly ways.

General election - Party manifestos

03 December 2019 by Stephen Russell

As we enter into the final few weeks of the general election campaign, policy and advocacy officer, Stephen Russell rounds up the parties’ pledges that could impact on walking and the places we love to walk.

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The Battle for the Cambrian Way

27 November 2019 by Richard Tyler

The 298-mile/480km Cambrian Way from Cardiff to Conway through the spine of Wales, was devised by long-time Ramblers stalwart Tony Drake MBE who encountered considerable and enduring opposition for it to gain official recognition. It is a story that is almost as exciting as the trail itself.

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Ten tempting trails

27 November 2019 by Stephen Davies

From a crisp winter amble along the Grand Union canal in Edinburgh and a tramp among giant redwoods, to views across the Wye Valley, there are some lovely walks to enjoy along Sustrans’ 16,000-mile network of signed paths.

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A wintery walk on the wild side

26 November 2019 by Tom Hibbert, The Wildlife Trusts

Hedgerows laden with berries are a draw for robins, thrushes, redwings and fieldfares at this time of year - and watch out for animal tracks in the landscape while out walking. By Tom Hibbert, The Wildlife Trusts

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Making space for urban walking

29 October 2019 by Dan Jarvis - Mayor of Sheffield City Region

Dan Jarvis, Mayor for Sheffield City Region, tells us what inspires him to work on urban walking and what improvements need to be made to the streets we walk every day.

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What does the Glover review mean for walkers?

20 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.

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