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.
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).
03 August 2020 by Nichola Carroll
Join in the #FeelMore social media challenge this summer for a chance to win prizes from Cotswold Outdoor!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 April 2020 by Cotswold Outdoor
Here’s some advice on caring for your kit from our friends at Cotswold Outdoor
14 April 2020 by Nicky Teegan
Join us for the Ramblers Great Walking Quiz on Friday 24 of April at 5.30pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
27 March 2020 by Nicky Teegan
Keen walker and Ramblers membership officer, Nicky gives tips on how to keep active at home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
08 August 2019 by Jess Borham
We hear from Jess about her experience taking on the Snowdon at night challenge to support the Ramblers.
26 July 2019 by Tessa Smith
Engaging pupils and families from White Rock Primary School with a walk on Dartmoor.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..."
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?
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.