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Rainbow on Dartmoor

Wild and Wonderful: a winter walk on Dartmoor

10 December 2021 by Sally Prosser

This December, as my boots crunch through piles of shrivelled leaves and the temperature drops, I’m struck again how special it is to walk in winter. It’s easy to dread the onslaught of cold and inclement weather, but it’s the diversity of climatic changes that make this season so unique.

Read more as Ramblers Ambassador, Sally Prosser, takes us on a walk with the Tavistock Ramblers.

Row of stone cottages

A different side to walking

24 June 2021 by Kate Davis, delivery officer at the Ramblers

When arthritis threatened to stop walk leader Chris in his tracks, he was worried he was going to have to stop walking. But, during the pandemic, he realised that it’s the experience – not the mileage – that’s the most important thing to him.

A woman swimming in a river

Beginner’s guide to wild swimming

25 May 2021 by Daniel Start

Where can you legally go wild swimming? How do you find the best spots? And how can I avoid getting into trouble? Follow our expert’s advice to find out. By Daniel Start

A path running through a snowdrop filled landscape

The power of forest bathing

23 February 2021 by Dr Nick Summerton

The decades-old Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku is becoming increasingly popular in the western world for good reason. Spending more times in nature – especially among trees – can work wonders on our physical and mental health.

A woman in front of a river, sitting on a fence, smiling

Finding joy and wellbeing in the hills and on the beaches of Yorkshire: Walk in Winter

16 December 2020 by Jo Moseley

Walking and hiking for me have always been about belonging and connection, to a place, to my family and more recently to my purpose and midlife wellbeing.

Roam Sweet Home

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.

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.

Pam Byrd in the Deepings market place, wearing a blue jacket.

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!

Couple with young child walking down cobbled street lined with lampposts at sunset.

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?

A woman standing in front of a lake, wearing a beanie and thick jacket

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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

A little mindfulness never hurt anyone

25 May 2018 by Phil Pickin

For those of us who enjoy the countryside, it will come as no surprise that increasing numbers of people have acknowledged a direct link between access to nature and good mental health.

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The 25 Year Plan: A Healthy Perspective

12 March 2018 by Robyn Stephens

Our Policy & Advocacy Support Officer Robyn Stephens takes a look at what implications there are for the nation's health and wellbeing from the 25 Year Plan for the environment.

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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.

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Two warming autumn recipes

22 September 2017 by Charlotte Pike

Food blogger Charlotte Pike shares two warming autumn recipes. Why not make these hearty sausage rolls or this comforting cottage pie at home?

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.

Fresh and summery - two new recipes

10 July 2017 by Charlotte Pike

Food blogger Charlotte Pike shares fresh and summery recipes. Why not try a summer vegetable frittata or lemon and raspberry loaf cake at home?

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?

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A history of the Wainwrights & some 214 record-breakers

08 May 2017 by Simon Barnett

Simon - who is attempting to climb all 214 Wainwrights in 15 days - runs through how the Wainwrights got their name and some of the record attempts in the Lakes.

Simon in a valley

Why I’ve decided to walk 214 fells in 15 days

26 April 2017 by Simon Barnett

This spring, I’m going to attempt to climb all the 214 Wainwright fells in one continuous route - as a holiday.

Lothian and Borders family walkers

A budget for healthy places

08 March 2017 by Kate Conto

In announcing the Spring Budget today, the Chancellor asked whether the next generation will be able to get on the housing ladder and declared that it is the Government’s job to make sure that they do.

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Get Happy

01 January 2017 by Walking Class Hero

The best way to satisfy ‘the urge to affiliate with other forms of life’ is to go for a good walk.

Autumn budget statement

23 November 2016 by Tom Fewins

Standing at the despatch box in the House of Commons this lunchtime to deliver his Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond had little to splurge with as economic growth slows, inflation starts to bite, and forecasts warn of a bumpy ride ahead.

Autumn eats

25 August 2016 by Charlotte Pike

Warming and sustaining recipes from Award-winning food writer Charlotte Pike.

Scottish views and vistas

Manifesto for a walking Scotland

08 April 2016 by Helen Todd

As part of the 2016 Scottish Elections, there is a crying need for politicians to support walking & access, promote health, and protect the environment.

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Charlotte Pike's recipe for roasted vegetables with miso sauce

26 August 2015 by Charlotte Pike

Food writer Charlotte Pike is celebrating the launch of her new book, Fermented, so she’s sharing her recipe for roasted vegetables with miso sauce with walk readers. It’s the perfect seasonal warmer after a good day’s walking…

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...

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Helen Todd: the dangers of sedentary lifestyles

01 May 2015 by Helen Todd

Ramblers Scotland believes there is a growing public recognition of the need for one change which no political party is putting centre stage – the dangers of our sedentary lifestyles.

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Des de Moor: get fit, go green

23 March 2015 by Guest blogger

We all know physical activity is good for our health – and that as a society, we don’t do enough of it.

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Helen Todd: sit less, walk more

09 January 2015 by Helen Todd

Helen Todd tells us why we should all sit less and walk more in our every day lives

International Walk to School Month in Harlem, New York

Eugene Suggett: make the school run the school walk

20 October 2014 by Eugene Suggett

14% of children aged two to 15 are obese. Eugene considers how walking to school would undoubtedly tackle this. But first, he says, we need to ensure that drivers understand the right to walk on roads when no pavement is available.

Wigtownshire Ramblers trying to cross a major trunk road - credit to the Glebe Blog

Eugene Suggett: More time to cross and more places, too, please

04 September 2014 by Eugene Suggett

As Living Streets campaign for more time for people to cross busy roads, Eugene explains why government needs to put the pedestrian at the top of the chain.

Anastasia taking a break at Kinder Scout

Anastasia French: my top 5 reasons for walking

20 August 2014 by Anastasia French

When Ana injured her knee, she discovered how vital walking was to her physical and mental wellbeing. It wasn't just rambles that were out of the question, but socialising, her independence and her freedom. These are her top 5 reasons why walking is wonderful.

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.

River Lee

I can't remember colours...

18 April 2014 by Julie Dexter

Julie Dexter on her first time volunteering as a blind guide with the Capital Walkers and the London Blind Rambling Club. Walking with the inspirational and poetic Mafoud, she explores the Lee Navigation.

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.

Walking in Blackheath

Walking works

11 December 2013 by Walking Class Hero

Walking Class Hero on Nietzsche, Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie and why walking really does work.

An American woodland during Fall

Walking away the blues

28 October 2013 by The Long Walker

The Long Walker on why walking in autumn can help shake off the melancholy blues.

Michelle Roberts

Walking works

07 October 2013 by Michelle Roberts

It’s wonderful to see Walking for Health release 'Walking Works', a comprehensive summary of evidence for physical activity, specifically walking. This report makes the facts very clear; staying still kills and walking works.

A misty Richmond Park

Walk this May

21 May 2013 by Walking Class Hero

It’s possibly the 2 bank holidays. Or it could be the 5 o’clock sunrises and the 9 o’clock sunsets that promise long, lazy walking days. Or maybe it’s because the month starts in spring and ends in summer. Whatever the reason, I reckon; all in all, May is my favourite walking month.

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