Blogs

A man celebrating on top of a mountain

Feather-weight adventures on foot

23 November 2021 by James Forrest

Fast-hiker James Forrest recently set a solo, self-supported Three Peaks Challenge record. Here, he reveals how he planned and prepared for his 500-mile adventure and kept his pack under 5kgs.

Heading back to Crickhowell

Paths for People: community, nature and landscape on the footpaths of South Wales

17 May 2021 by Robert Mathlin

​A research project for Ramblers Cymru to understand the impact of walking projects on communities through reflections from sensory experiences

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Getting to know some of Wales's lesser known walking destinations by train

11 December 2020 by Oliver Wicks

Working at Ramblers Cymru is filled with opportunities to head out and explore new places. One option I’d not really considered in my walking life though was how the railway could also bring places to life across Wales.

Getting ready for walking in winter

01 December 2020 by Helen Todd

Helen on how to survive walking the hills in winter with the right planning, equipment and of course spare pockets filled with bags of nuts, chocolate and flapjack bars!

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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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).

The Slate Trail in Snowdonia

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.

A woman standing outdoors, pointing up towards a mountain range

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.

Reaching the North Pole

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!

Action Beach Boy

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

Canals

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.

Planning a weekend away

25 May 2018 by Steve Rawlins

Whether you go with friends, family or a walking group, heading off to the hills for a weekend away can create great memories. But the secret to success is all in the planning…

Burnbank fell for blog

I have a few problems – but they're not what you might think

30 May 2017 by Simon Barnett

Imagine the scene: you’ve walked for nearly 200 miles, climbed fell after fell and your body is tired. Oh so tired. And then you hit a problem...

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?

Steve's route

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.

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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The Munros and the joy of bagging

18 September 2015 by Helen Todd

Helen Todd explores her passion for bagging in the mountains of Scotland

Mount Fuji

Kate Ashbrook: tragedy on Mount Ontake

03 October 2014 by Kate Ashbrook

We were sad to hear of the hikers who were injured or killed by the Mount Ontake volcano. Our President Kate Ashbrook, who has visited Japan to talk about our path network, shares her thoughts on the role walking plays in Japanese culture.

Pumlumon, Central Wales

Benedict Southworth: All paths lead to roam

16 September 2014 by Benedict Southworth

80 years ago, people wanting to escape the city and climb mountains, or explore wild moorland risked threats, harassment, and even arrest. Now, all open country (mountains, moor, heath, down and common land) in England and Wales is open for us to roam freely. In Scotland, you can walk (and camp) almost anywhere.

Cairngorms National Park

Helen Todd: The Scottish referendum and walking

10 September 2014 by Helen Todd

With the referendum on Scottish independence imminent, we re-post an original blog from Ramblers Scotland campaigner Helen on the impacts a yes vote could have on walkers.

Dom abseiling in the Cairngorms

Dominic Bates: Mountain scrambling in the Cairngorms

29 August 2014 by Dominic Bates

Dominic Bates tries his hand (and feet) at scrambling and wonders if this is the start of his transformation from jelly-legged to celebrated mountaineer...

Moidart, near Fort William, Scotland

Helen Todd: the best coastline in the world?

26 August 2014 by Helen Todd

Helen explains that in Scotland, unlike in England and Wales, there is simply no need to campaign for a complete coast path.

Loughrigg Fell

Mark Rowe: Mortal man

14 July 2014 by Mark Rowe

Mark Rowe on how he - or more accurately his wife and her lifelong cuddly penguin - survived an unexpected adventure in the Lake District.

Ben Bheoil

Time for an adventure!

10 June 2014 by Helen Todd

To go into the outdoors is to challenge yourself and leave behind the trappings of your comfortable, daily routine. Helen's latest blog is on how to enjoy planned adventures and survuve unintended ones!

Dundee group taking a break from BBC filming

Trust me I'm a doctor

08 May 2014 by Moira Dobson

Moira Dobson, from the Dundee Ramblers, talks about her group's experience of taking part in an episode of the BBC series of 'Trust Me I'm a Doctor'.

Helen on Sgurr na Banachdich

Is citizen action the next step for walkers?

15 November 2013 by Helen Todd

Helen Todd wonders if mobilising walkers via social media is the best way to resolve access issues in Scotland. What do you think?

Helen on Sgurr na Banachdich

Reaching for the Skye

01 October 2013 by Helen Todd

So here I am, roped, harnessed and helmeted, clinging on to a narrow, rocky, vertical ridge, which juts out like a 50-metre high shark’s fin from the mountain below. I’m inching along its spine, and I daren’t risk looking down at the sheer drops on either side...

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