Blogs

The Rutland Round

14 September 2021 by Sophia Khan

How one Ramblers volunteer was the driving force behind transforming Rutland’s paths from ‘pretty rubbish’ to ‘some of the finest in the country’

Could we see hundreds of thousands of more trees planted across England

25 August 2021 by Alison Hallas

The England Trees Action Plan sets out how the government intends to meet its target of planting 30,000 hectares of trees a year across the UK by 2025

Cotswold Way waymarker

Cotswold Way at 50

23 August 2021 by Natalie Hoare

The Cotswold Way passed its 50th anniversary on Sunday 17 May 2020, at the height of the pandemic. Gloucestershire Ramblers are helping to organise postponed celebrations during September.

Row of colourful beach huts

Britain's beautiful beach huts

25 May 2021 by Karen Averby

A quintessential symbol of the British seaside, beach huts are cute painted sheds that have a loyal and devoted following. Buildings historian Karen Averby gives a historical overview of these quirky buildings and reveals some of the more unusual ones to see.

Four landscapes

New green routes all across Greater Manchester

30 April 2021 by Alan Manning

We have made a great start in Greater Manchester to increase spaces to walk, but more needs to be done

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Did the Chancellor learn the lessons of lockdown?

04 March 2021 by Gemma Cantelo

Gemma Cantelo, Ramblers’ head of policy and advocacy, reflects on the Chancellor’s 2021 Budget statement – and whether it delivers for walking.

Hill-bagging: Know your lists

26 November 2020 by Phoebe Smith

Can’t tell your Grahams from your Donalds? Muddling your Munros and your Marilyns? If you’re perplexed by the excessive classifications of Britain’s peaks and hills then walk this way to become an instant expert…

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Walking Class Heroes – Kate Ashbrook

26 November 2020 by Roly Smith

A life-long campaigner for public paths and open spaces and a firm fixture at the Ramblers, Kate Ashbrook was particularly active in seeing the CROW Bill through Parliament. This is the second excerpt from the new book Walking Class Heroes, in which the lives of 20 pioneers of the Right to Roam are examined.

20th Anniversary of the freedom to roam in England and Wales

26 November 2020 by Guest blogger

The freedom to roam offers the opportunity to get out, explore and connect with nature. We campaigned for decades for this right across some of our wildest landscapes as part of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act. As we reflect 20 years later, we’ve asked Stuart Maconie and others what the freedom to roam has meant to them.

pavement parking

Why it is time to ban pavement parking

16 November 2020 by Matt Strong

Pavement parking is a major barrier to walking in residential areas, it's time to ban it.

Walking in nature

Ending unequal access to nature and green space

21 September 2020 by Stephen Russell

People on low incomes and those who identify as being from a BAME background are less likely to have access to their own garden, and are less likely to have green space within a five-minute walk of their home. The Environment Bill gives us an opportunity to change this.

What do we want? Nature!

27 August 2020 by Gemma Cantelo

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our relationship with nature and the outdoors. Gemma Cantelo, the Ramblers’ head of policy and advocacy, reflects on what we’ve learnt.

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.

Coast path

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

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

Dan Jarvis and Dame Sarah Story

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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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.

Landscape view with hills and sheep

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.

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?

Nottingham canal walk

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.

Nottingham canal walk

Find an urban stroll for National Walking Month

24 May 2018 by Guest blogger

It's National Walking Month and the experts at Cotswold Outdoor share their top recommendations for urban strolls.

Litter pick in Lacey Green

Ramblers group clean up in Lacey Green

16 May 2018 by Guest blogger

Ramblers group Chiltern Weekend Walkers take part in the Great British Spring Clean. Peter Dobson writes about the experience.

Ramblers step up to re-open the Tyne & Wear Heritage Way

30 April 2018 by Guest blogger

Judith Taylor, Northumbria area volunteer, on the re-opening of the Tyne & Wear Heritage Way.

Jerry Pearlman: lawyer who fought for our rights

20 March 2018 by Kate Ashbrook

Kate Ashbrook reflects on Jerry Pearlman - an honorary solicitor for the Ramblers for more than 30 years, taking on countless path battles and campaigneing for freedom to roam on open country.

Natural neighbourhoods

06 March 2018 by Kate Conto

Parks in towns and cities are the way that most of us engage with and benefit from contact with the natural environment. It is therefore vital that the Government’s 25 year plan to improve the environment must include ambitions for urban settings.

The Next Step, a poem by Ian McMillan

25 February 2018 by Ian McMillan

Poet and broadcaster, Ian McMillan, muses on urban walking in his poem written for our Paving the Way campaign.

Walking my eccentric version of the city

25 February 2018 by Jack Cornish

Jack Cornish, Ramblers Don’t Lose Your Way Project Manager, writes about how he’s paved his own way across London.

A walk through the next 25 years

06 February 2018 by Alison Hallas

Following the launch of the Government's long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan, our policy officer, Alison Hallas, looks at what the plan actually offers to those of us who love walking.

The benefits of access land

18 January 2018 by Guest blogger

Alan Marlow, the Ramblers Hampshire area footpath and access officer, shares his views on why open access is important.

North Hampshire Downs Ramblers step out for Children in Need

16 November 2017 by Guest blogger

Local Organiser Anne Collis joins North Hampshire Downs Ramblers on her first walk as they step out to raise money for Children in Need.

People walking in city

Building better places for walkers

25 October 2017 by Kate Conto

Think about the places you walk everyday – to work, to shops or to the park. At some point, most of us will have been put off walking because of the design of the built environment. So how can we persuade more people to walk for short journeys?

Ruth sitting on a rock looking out to sea as the sun sets

A restorative walk by the sea

28 September 2017 by Ruth Latham

As we celebrate the announcement that Natural England has started work on all stretches of the England Coast Path, Ruth reflects on how a good walk by the sea helped her and her husband through a traumatic experience.

Steps down to a beach

The England Coast Past

01 September 2017 by Nicky Philpott

Nicky Philpott, director of advocacy and engagement, takes a trip down memory lane to retell the history of the England Coast Path. Find out more about how the Ramblers helped make the path a reality.

Seven Sisters South Downs

England Coast Path - the whole story

18 August 2017 by Kate Conto

Our senior policy officer Kate Conto has been involved in the England Coast Path from the start. She tells us all about the highs and lows of this inspirational project.

Botany Bay

Kent's unique coastline

11 August 2017 by Robert Peel

Our volunteer, Robert Peel, has been at the heart of the England Coast Path in Kent. He showcases the tireless work of the Kent volunteers in establishing the Kent stretch of the coast path.

Mount Everest

What’s your personal Everest?

18 May 2017 by Simon Barnett

What makes us take on crazy challenges? I'm about to climb 214 fells in a fortnight or so - what's your personal Everest?

Coast path opens

Another stretch of the coast, open for all

10 November 2016 by Alison Hallas

Alison joins Norfolk Area Ramblers in a breezy Great Yarmouth for the launch celebration for the latest stretch of the England Coast Path.

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Fifteen years on

30 November 2015 by Kate Ashbrook

Ramblers president Kate Ashbrook celebrates fifteen years of CRoW

Family hiking the South West Coast Path

Gillian Grattan: family adventures on the coast path

27 May 2015 by Guest blogger

Gillian and her three children have made a pledge to hike the entire South West Coast Path from start to finish. They talk about how they've found it so far...

Mole above ground

Phil Pickin: Discover the wildlife right under your feet

12 May 2015 by Phil Pickin

Wildlife expert Phil Pickin urges us all to take note of the wildlife that’s right under our feet.

Beautiful fields

Anastasia French: hiking to Hertfordshire

07 January 2015 by Anastasia French

Here's the second instalment of Anastasia's week-long north walk.

Walking Class Hero looking out to sea

Walking Class Hero: standing in the breach

22 October 2014 by Walking Class Hero

Walking Class Hero visits the Medmerry to see an innovative project by the Environment Agency to reduce flooding, offer a home for wildlife, and increase access for walkers and cyclists.

The view from Primrose Hill

Anastasia French: the long walk north

17 October 2014 by Anastasia French

When Anastasia French bid farewell to her campaigning role at the Ramblers, she did in the only way she knew how. She walked from London to the Norfolk coast. Here's the first installment of her week-long journey.

Wood cauliflower

Sheila Spence talks autumn recipes and foraging

08 September 2014 by Sheila Spence

Sheila Spence goes autumn foraging and shares her recipe for wood cauliflower pieces.

Salisbury Plain

Walking Class Hero: the rule of Snot

15 August 2014 by Walking Class Hero

What does a Saxon chief called Snot, Gotham City and Dolly Parton have in common? Another walk with resident blogger Walking Class Hero of course. This month, the urban delights of Nottingham.

Private sign in Navestock

Diversion tactics

24 June 2014 by Anastasia French

Anastasia joins volunteers in Essex to learn how they decide which path diversion applications to accept and which to oppose, and to see how they negotiate with landowners and council officers.

Walking Class Hero at the Sarah Records themed walks in Bristol

Maritime city

23 May 2014 by Walking Class Hero

For Get Walking Week, our very own award-winning Walking Class Hero joined "Between Hello and Goodbye: The Secret World of Sarah Records" themed walks around Bristol.

St Agnes viaduct, Cornwall

To the land's end

06 May 2014 by Sarah Gardner

At the land's end, a newly opened path that "climbs through tranquil woodland, with bluebell and wild garlic, and crosses a gentle stream full of the sounds of cascading water to take in a disused viaduct, home to curling ivy and nesting wild bees".

St Pancras Old Church

Myths and legacy

24 April 2014 by Walking Class Hero

Walking Class Hero explores Kings Cross and discovers how old and new sit alongside one another with tales of the Iceni, Harry Potter, the Beatles and the cross itself.

European Ramblers enjoying a walk

Common ground in Copenhagen

14 April 2014 by Helen Todd

Helen Todd takes a trip to Copenhagen to talk walking (and cycling) with the European Ramblers' Association.

A road, Salisbury Plains

Project ubique

25 March 2014 by Walking Class Hero

Walking Class Hero visits the prehistoric Salisbury Plains and learns how the MoD is doing its level best to improve access to the magical and mythical terrain, via Project Ubique.

South Cotswolds Ramblers walking near the set of BBC's Larkrise to Candleford, Oxfordshire

A living museum

20 March 2014 by Ed Wilson

Historic paths are like a living museum, but their stories keep growing and changing as more feet pass over them. Ed ponder the importance of historic paths and the the footpath that links the real Larkrise to Candleford, in Oxfordshire.

Path sign

Signs of the times

17 March 2014 by Eugene Suggett

Hundreds of articles, bringing fascinating insights to aspects of footpath law, have landed on this blogger’s desk since 1990. Contributors have included lawyers, historians, representatives of the farming and landowning interests and local authority staff.

Plants mark out a 10 year anniversary

Here's to your good health

14 March 2014 by Andrew Milward

Andrew helps to celebrate Walking for Health's ten year anniversary events and learns how walking can make a difference to a staggeringly diverse range of health conditions.

Anastasia reaches the sea!

South to the sea - the final leg

06 March 2014 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her final leg, disaster strikes and her most trusty companion - her Ordnance Survey map - blows out of my rucksack, never to be seen again. Will she still make it to the sea?

Path closure notice

An emotional iced bun

13 February 2014 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her penultimate installment she finds the going tough, and wonders who she can turn to for an "emotional iced bun".

Je Thames plaque

Estuary english

05 February 2014 by Walking Class Hero

Walking Class Hero meditates on the transitional nature of estuaries by visiting Burnham-on-Crouch, on a gunmetal grey overcast day.

Ana enjoyed a game of pooh sticks

South to the sea - 100 akers of fun

13 January 2014 by Anastasia French

Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her fifth installment she is walking through the 100 Aker Wood.

The wild, wide Thames, Dartford, Kent

A walk on the wild side

02 January 2014 by Sarah Gardner

“This is Kent, but not the garden of England. This is a walk through the edgelands, where everything is in a state of flux … where human endeavours, great and marginal, crop up quickly, flourish and decay, leaving only remains.” Sarah takes a walk on the wild side.

Winter walking in a snow-clad Surrey

Winter walking

21 December 2013 by Sarah Gardner

As a child of the summer, Sarah always dreaded the long winter months. And then she discovered the magic of winter walking.

Ouse Valley Viaduct, Sussex

Ramblers Route review: autumn abundance

06 December 2013 by Sarah Gardner

"It had been a while since I'd done a solo hike. I love walking with friends and with organised groups, but nothing beats setting off down the open road with just a rucksack for company..." Sarah reviews a route full of autumnal charm in Sussex.

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