Blogs

A big vision from Government – but is it big enough?

06 August 2020 by Kate Conto

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the enormous value of green routes and spaces for walking in our towns and cities.

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Exploring my 'milltir sgwar' during lockdown

03 August 2020 by Oliver Wicks

Ramblers Cymru Walking Spaces Officer Olie was at a bit of a loss when he realised he wasn't going to be able to travel to go walking , so during lockdown he decided to discover his 'milltir sgwar' (local area).

Join in the #FeelMore summer challenge for a chance to win prizes from Cotswold Outdoor!

03 August 2020 by Nichola Carroll

Join in the #FeelMore social media challenge this summer for a chance to win prizes from Cotswold Outdoor!

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Finding my feet in my new home, with the Ramblers

24 July 2020 by Sam Duffy

How joining the Ramblers, soon after moving to Manchester, provided support, information and friendships to confidently explore a new neighbourhood under lockdown, and start to feel like home.

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Walk this way: how we can all roam responsibly

30 June 2020 by Gemma Cantelo

As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions slowly ease across the nations of Great Britain, walkers everywhere can help protect the green spaces we love, ensuring they can be open for safe, responsible walking

Lockdown Diaries: Getting fit for the hills

22 June 2020 by Ramblers Scotland president Lucy Wallace

In her final Lockdown Diary, Ramblers Scotland president Lucy Wallace helps ensure that we're ready for a phased return to walking, by sharing top tips on getting ready for the hills again.

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Your countryside needs you - now more than ever

08 June 2020 by Kate Ashbrook and Crispin Truman

This year, Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7) comes at one of the most challenging moments in recent times. in a join blog with CPRE, we want to take the opportunity to say thank you for all you do. We wouldn’t be here without you and we need you now more than ever.

Lucy's Lockdown Diaries: Sprucing Up Outdoor Gear

05 June 2020 by Ramblers Scotland president Lucy Wallace

Ramblers Scotland president and outdoor instructor Lucy Wallace helps us get ready for our phased return to walking by guiding us through her kit DIY routine.

The challenge of a lifetime

02 June 2020 by Andrew Wakelin

Despite a rare muscle disease diagnosis, Andrew Wakelin set himself the challenge of walking 210 miles across Wales. Ten years on, this walk has inspired hundreds of other sufferers of the condition to enjoy an annual walking holiday together

Scouring your local patch for wildlife

02 June 2020 by Tom Hibbert, The Wildlife Trusts

Urban wasteland, pavement cracks and roadside verges can all harbour wildlife – if we just take the time to take a closer look.

Hidden volunteers

01 June 2020 by Rachel Bayley

What is the first thing you think when you think of volunteers? Maybe it's all those people who volunteered at the Olympic Games or all those people out helping their neighbours during the current pandemic. Rachael Bayley, director of Operations and Volunteering, shares her thoughts when asked this question.

Ramblers remedy Walking through uncertainty

01 June 2020 by Dr Nick Summerton

In a new regular online column, Dr Nick Summerton examines the toll the pandemic has taken on many people`s mental wellbeing and outlines how walking really can help us to get through difficult times

Lucy's Lockdown Diaries: Neighbourhood Watch

26 May 2020 by Ramblers Scotland president Lucy Wallace

Lucy Wallace invites us to join her as she checks in on the communities of wildlife near her home – and guides us through some of the species we can all try to spot on our own #RoamSweetHome walks.

Walking and cycling improvements around the UK and the world

15 May 2020 by Olly Hicks-Pattison

Since the start of the lockdown across the world there have been growing calls to help with physical distancing for those walking and cycling, including measures such as widened footways, pop up-cycle lanes, and car-free walking and cycling streets.

Walking through grief

15 May 2020 by Jess Borham

In these past two weeks that I have come to fully understand and appreciate the role walking in nature plays on my personal happiness. I knew it before, but now I really feel it. Jess describes how walking has helped her through the grief of losing her dad one week before lockdown.

Top 10 outdoors TV Shows for lockdown

Bring the outdoors indoors, with some inspirational TV shows

15 May 2020 by Brân Devey

Brân Devey, engagement and communications manager at Ramblers Cymru, is back with a selection of TV shows for the final installment of his favourite outdoor-themed entertainment to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

How walkers can stay healthy and happy with good nutrition during lockdown

01 May 2020 by Matt Lambert - World Cancer Research Fund nutritionist

With most of us spending a lot of time at home due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and potentially with more time on our hands, it’s now even more important to eat well and continue to keep active to help keep us in good health.

Adventures at home

24 April 2020 by Olly Hicks-Pattison

For the past year I have been planning for six months of adventure. These plans are now on hold and for the foreseeable future I’m not allowed out of a one bedroom flat in Hackney. It might be an understatement to say that this is not how I saw my summer unfolding!

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Audio escapism, with some inspirational podcasts

24 April 2020 by Brân Devey

Brân Devey, engagement and communications manager at Ramblers Cymru has teamed up with his colleague Paula Renzel for this selection of podcasts for the latest installment of his favourite outdoor-themed entertainment to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Lucy's Lockdown Diaries: Nature's Party

23 April 2020 by Ramblers Scotland president Lucy Wallace

As part of our #RoamSweetHome campaign, Ramblers Scotland president Lucy Wallace is sharing her Lockdown Diaries. In her latest blog, Lucy explains how she's been finding calm and hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic, by delighting in the colourful turning of the seasons during her local exercise.

Join us for a solo walk, together, every Wednesday

21 April 2020 by Nichola Carroll

Whether you’re getting your steps in on your stairs, your garden or your neighbourhood streets, we’re inviting walkers all across the country to ‘join us’ for a solo walk, together, every Wednesday lunchtime followed by a Tea and cake at 2pm social (on social media), in true Ramblers style.

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Bring the outdoors indoors, with some inspirational documentaries

17 April 2020 by Brân Devey

Brân Devey, engagement and communications manager at Ramblers Cymru, is back with a selection of documentaries for the latest installment of his favourite outdoor-themed entertainment to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

How To Properly Store Your Kit

16 April 2020 by Cotswold Outdoor

Here’s some advice on caring for your kit from our friends at Cotswold Outdoor

Great Walking Quiz

Get ready for the Ramblers Great Walking Quiz!

14 April 2020 by Nicky Teegan

Join us for the Ramblers Great Walking Quiz on Friday 24 of April at 5.30pm

Social isolation and a personal crisis, ten years ago

14 April 2020 by Helen Todd

As part of our #RoamSweetHome campaign, Ramblers Scotland policy manager reveals how a health crisis forced her into a form of social isolation a decade ago, and how she maintained her physical and mental wellbeing when her access to the hills suddenly came to a halt.

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Bring the outdoors indoors, with some inspirational films

09 April 2020 by Brân Devey

Brân Devey, engagement and communications manager at Ramblers Cymru, has been busy putting together a list of his favourite outdoor-themed entertainment to enjoy from the comfort of home and help keep us going until we’re all able to get back out into the Great Outdoors.

Lucy's Lockdown Diaries: Lift That Litter

09 April 2020 by Ramblers Scotland president Lucy Wallace

As part of our #RoamSweetHome campaign, Ramblers Scotland president Lucy Wallace is sharing her Lockdown Diaries - this time looking at how we can enrich ourselves and our environments by safely litter-picking during daily exercise.

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Look around, look up, look forward

03 April 2020 by Dr Nick Summerton

Dr Nick Summerton is a GP in Yorkshire, public health physician and a Ramblers member. He is Walk magazine’s medical expert, and is making the most of walking daily close to home.

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Keeping active at home  

27 March 2020 by Nicky Teegan

Keen walker and Ramblers membership officer, Nicky gives tips on how to keep active at home.

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Staying active at home with kids

26 March 2020 by Jade Deeley

On day 11 of self-isolation as a family with two children under four, Jade, senior fundraiser at the Ramblers talks about her experience of staying active in the home with kids and why it is so important to keep moving for our mental and physical health during this challenging time.

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The law on trespass

03 March 2020 by Elaine Webb

The Ramblers doesn’t want to see the erosion of people’s rights to access and enjoy the countryside on the back of a Home Office consultation on strengthening police powers to deal with unauthorised encampments.

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Our own history is everywhere on a country ramble

28 February 2020 by John Bainbridge

We all use paths to access the countryside, whether we consider ourselves ramblers or just use them as somewhere to walk the dog. Or sometimes as a short-cut, the easiest way to get from one place to another. We may well notice our surroundings, the places we walk through, but how many of us consider just why the path is there, why it even exists? Ramblers volunteer and social historian, John Bainbridge, tells us the histories of our paths.

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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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Footpaths are the lifeblood of all walkers

23 September 2019 by Oliver Taylor

Oliver Taylor tells us about how he got involved with the Ramblers as a 15-year-old, his work as footpath secretary and walk leader for the Huddersfield Group and the importance of path maintenance work!

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Make real footprints not carbon footprints: why the Ramblers are joining the climate strike

18 September 2019 by Camilla Zerr

Many Ramblers staff will be leading a walk to join the young people, organisations and individuals supporting the climate strike near parliament, although our office will stay open.

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The future of National Parks

12 September 2019 by Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall, Campaigns and Communications Officer at Campaign for National Parks takes a look at what the future might hold for National Parks

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The WI celebrates the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act

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.

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Salisbury Rambler remembers father with a kissing gate

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.

Outdoor gear: then and now

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.

Protecting Scotland's landscapes

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.

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The stories paths tell

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.

A mini ‘Tour de Mont Blanc’

27 August 2019 by Susan Gray

Completing the Tour de Mount Blanc is on many walkers’ wishlists, but if the 170km and nearly 10,000 metres of elevation is too much, why not try a ‘Mini Tour’, staying near the trail and tackling a few handpicked sections according to your interests and abilities.

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Sole searching on the Slate Trail

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.

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What we need to see from the new government

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.

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Snowdon at night for the Ramblers

08 August 2019 by Jess Borham

We hear from Jess about her experience taking on the Snowdon at night challenge to support the Ramblers.

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Introducing a younger audience to rambling on Dartmoor

26 July 2019 by Tessa Smith

Engaging pupils and families from White Rock Primary School with a walk on Dartmoor.

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The Deepings walking neighbourhood

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!

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Westminster Hall debate on active travel

17 July 2019 by Robyn Stephens

On Tuesday 9 July Robert Courts MP led a debate on Government’s support for active travel and local walking and cycling infrastructure plans.

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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 Owen

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

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Kinder: The legend lives on

26 April 2019 by Kate Ashbrook

Ahead of the Spirit of Kinder Rally in Castleton on Saturday 27 April, Ramblers Chair Kate Ashbrook discusses the legacy of the famous Peak District trespass that took place 87 years ago.

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Why I lead walks to inspire people

08 April 2019 by Marika Kovacs

Marika Kovacs, a walk leader for Hereford Ramblers with a visual impairment, on leading walks and joining in the National Parks 70th Anniversary celebrations.

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Celebrating the women of the Ramblers

08 March 2019 by Vanessa Griffiths

On International Women’s Day 2019, Ramblers CEO Vanessa Griffiths, Ramblers Scotland director Jess Dolan, and Ramblers Cymru director Angela Charlton discuss the charity’s working culture and being part of a majority female Senior Leadership Team.

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From the Ramblers to Everest Base Camp

07 March 2019 by Nella Scurfield

For Nella, joining the Portsmouth Ramblers not only turned out to be the perfect way to get into shape, with their long Sunday walks, but a great way to train for a hike to the Everest Base Camp.

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Pennine Journey

22 February 2019 by David Pitt

Last year was the 80th anniversary of the Pennine Journey – a lesser known route devised by Alfred Wainwright and subsequently turned into an official 247-mile circular route from Settle in North Yorkshire thanks to the efforts of two passionate long-distance walkers.

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Ten steps to walkable neighbourhoods

22 February 2019 by Lucy Saunders

As we seek nominations for our annual walkable neighbourhood awards, we asked the transport specialist behind the Mayor of London’s Healthy Streets transport strategy to share her 10 indicators of healthy streets.

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Establishing a Ramblers in Japan

22 February 2019 by Natalie Hoare

The Ramblers’ Chair of Trustees, Kate Ashbrook, has been extending the hand of friendship and providing advice to walkers who wish to establish a similar organisation the other side of the world.

Everyday journeys - A commuter in the city

22 February 2019 by Guest blogger

"On any given day I’ll probably do around five journeys on foot, and possibly even more at the weekend..."

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Spring wildlife along the waterways

22 February 2019 by Phil Pickin

How important are our waterways for wildlife? And what species can typically be spotted along the way at this time of year?

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Filming Great British Railway Journeys

06 February 2019 by Terry Howard

Ramblers volunteer, Terry Howard, on meeting Michael Portillo and his film crew to take part in filming for his BBC Two programme, Great British Railway Journeys.

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Walking and Talking about Mental Health

06 February 2019 by Gwennie von Einsiedel

In the summer of 2017 my brothers Orlando and Robin and I tackled one of the hardest conversations we’d ever had, about our brother Evelyn, who took his own life fourteen years ago aged just 22

Brexit - why the fuss about public access?

01 February 2019 by Stephen Russell

Outside of the EU, the UK will no longer be part of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), meaning a domestic alternative needs to be in place by 29 March. But what does this have to do with public access?

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Walking yourself to physical and mental health at 81

10 December 2018 by Danny Carden

Four years after his doctor suggested he join the Ramblers, 81-year-old Jim Snodgrass from South Queensferry has developed a deep love of walking, a new friendship group and his health and wellbeing are hugely improved.

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What's in a landscape?

30 November 2018 by Alison Hallas

Alison Hallas, Ramblers policy officer, looks back at the history of our involvement with National Parks, and our current work supporting a new review into the future of protected landscapes

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Imagined coast

24 August 2018 by Matthew Jones

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy evocative coastal walks – from the romance and excitement of hidden coves and secret beaches to the nostalgic sights of the traditional British seaside

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Walking the waterways

24 August 2018 by Phil Pickin

I'm a firm believer in not overlooking the things that are, quite possibly, right under your nose. So I was pleased when, in a highly publicised rebranding, the Canals and Rivers Trust (CRT) decided to reaffirm that the waterways are relevant to everyone.

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Paving the way to accessible local parks

04 June 2018 by Guest blogger

As we launch new research into walking in parks and green spaces, Jane Wilcock, Ramblers member and Chair of Longsight Park Friends Group, Bolton, writes about the way in which they've made Longsight Park more accessible for everyone.