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
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
11 March 2021 by Keith Weller
When I retired, I was looking for something to get involved with... I remembered that, in my youth, I’d spent a couple of satisfying sessions with the Scouts clearing an overgrown pathway.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Phil Pickin
How important are our waterways for wildlife? And what species can typically be spotted along the way at this time of year?
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 January 2018 by Phil Pickin
Peatlands alleviate flooding, store carbon and are home to a range of wildlife. Phil Pickin discusses the restoration of these areas and best places to walk.
08 December 2017 by Matthew Jones
Editor of walk, Matt Jones, on why he loves a Boxing Day stroll and is determined to make the most of the colder months this winter.
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.
06 September 2017 by Rebecca Brough
Rebecca Brough, policy and advocacy manager for Ramblers Cymru, looks at the success of the Wales Coast Path and the opportunity this summer to extend access to coast and cliffs.
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.
25 August 2017 by Phil Pickin
Journalist and photographer Phil Pickin discusses the downsides and redeeming qualities of the humble bramble.
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.
01 July 2017 by Alison Hallas
We are regularly out walking in our favourite places and can see first-hand the impact of a changing climate. We join with other environmental charities to press for greater protection for our habitats, air and water, to make our environment better able to withstand the effects of climate change
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...
25 May 2017 by Phil Pickin
Although they’ve been out and about since spring, it’s during the summer months that we notice the butterflies.
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?
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.
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.
24 February 2017 by Phil Pickin
With the hours of daylight lengthening and the weather turning just that little bit warmer, it can only mean one thing – spring is on its way.
18 January 2017 by Charlotte Pike
Warming and sustaining recipes from Award-winning food writer Charlotte Pike for the winter.
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.
05 December 2016 by Phil Pickin
Although it may not be the best weather for getting out and about, cold, crisp days are a great time to get outside. What could be better than a frost-covered landscape seen against a clear blue sky?
06 October 2016 by Phil Pickin
Phil Pickin looks at climate change and its effects on nature.
22 July 2016 by Walking Class Hero
You’ll have probably have heard of the New York High Line. Walking Class Hero explores the walk and other urban, linear, high line parks in Paris, London and Manchester.
06 June 2016 by Phil Pickin
Phil Pickin tells us why we should be going wild over the summer months – even if it’s only in our back garden
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.
18 September 2015 by Helen Todd
Helen Todd explores her passion for bagging in the mountains of Scotland
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…
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.
17 March 2015 by Guest blogger
Whether Saint Augustine said it first or he repeated what he had overheard elsewhere, it is true, things can be solved by walking.
20 January 2015 by Beth Pipe
Clear blue skies mean perfect picnics, regardless of whether it’s the middle of summer or winter.
22 December 2014 by Helen Todd
Campaign manager for Ramblers Scotland discusses the impact of camping bans in Scotland.
12 November 2014 by Phil Pickin
One of the most impressive times of the year, regular blogger, Phil Pickin explains why autumn is active, interesting, and seriously colourful
11 November 2014 by Mark Rowe
Mark walks the battlefields of Flanders, outside Ypres, and wonders how long the land will remain sacrosanct in perpetuity - and what role footpaths might play in keeping World War One in our collective memory.
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.
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.
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.
12 September 2014 by Ed Wilson
Ed visits the Isle of Mull and considers the valuable contribution volunteers make to society.
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.
08 September 2014 by Sheila Spence
Sheila Spence goes autumn foraging and shares her recipe for wood cauliflower pieces.
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...
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.
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.
16 July 2014 by Phil Pickin
From wary badgers to majestic deer, campaigner and avid walker, Phil Pickin, talks about nocturnal wildlife and how to spot it - if you’re lucky!
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.
26 June 2014 by Tom Fewins
A city’s parks and open spaces are often referred to as its ‘green lungs’, however new research published today by The Heritage Lottery Fund suggests those lungs are in serious danger of running out of air.
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!
02 June 2014 by Ed Wilson
It's Volunteers Week and we want to take a minute to stop and say thank you. Thank you for giving your time, skills and energy to the Ramblers and ensuring we can do what we do.
29 May 2014 by Christopher Somerville
V is for vixen, specifically the very beautiful animal who came at me out of a moonlit cornfield.
28 May 2014 by Phil Pickin
Although the summer weather encourages wildlife to get evermore active, some of these active members of the natural world are less welcome than others.
26 May 2014 by Sheila Spence
Early summer provides a wealth of young leaves and fungi, in particular the easily recognised Giant Puffball, golden Apricot smelling Girolles and bright yellow Chicken of the Woods to name but a few.
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.
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'.
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".
01 May 2014 by Dominic Bates
Dominic Bates, editor of Walk Magazine, 'fesses up to his fear of cattle and following some advice from a beef farmer learns how to walk near cows with confidence.
28 April 2014 by Eugene Suggett
Eugene joins Scarborough Ramblers and Robert Goodwill MP for a walk through Hilda Wood, near Hackness to enjoy the ramsons and to "air a few issues of national importance".
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.
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.
14 April 2014 by Helen Todd
Helen Todd takes a trip to Copenhagen to talk walking (and cycling) with the European Ramblers' Association.
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.
12 March 2014 by Kate Conto
Can we ever place an economic value on the natural environment and everything it does for us? Shouldn’t we just look after nature because it is the right thing to do morally?
28 February 2014 by Christopher Somerville
U is for Umbrella, that quintessentially British piece of outdoor equipment – characterful, stoical, faintly but unmistakeably laughable.
26 February 2014 by Sheila Spence
As the days get longer and hopefully warmer we look to the woodlands for the delights of wild fungi to tempt our taste buds.
25 February 2014 by Phil Pickin
Carrying out research when you are out walking may not be everyone's idea of fun. But for those who do it, it can make a trip into the outdoors even more interesting and can provide research organisations with much needed and very valuable data.
07 February 2014 by Mark Rowe
Mark Rowe considers the etiquette of saying 'hello' when exploring the great outdoors. Who should you greet while wandering lonely as the proverbial?
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.
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.
17 December 2013 by Anastasia French
Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea. In her fourth installment she is joined by her dad, her best friend and someone called Chick who used to know Aung San Suu Kyi, as she attempts to see some fracking.
02 December 2013 by Phil Pickin
Despite the fact that peatland can seem featureless and rather flat, it provides us with a number of vital services: storing carbon, mitigating flooding and providing precious habitat for a range of plants and animals.
27 November 2013 by Christopher Somerville
T is for Thermos – and thermals, too, and thin layers, and thick overtrousers, and all the other stuff my dad would never have dreamed of taking with him on a winter walk.
26 November 2013 by Sheila Spence
Even as the winter chill sets in there are still plenty of wild foods to search out and enjoy. Walk Magazine's resident forager reveals what to look for this season.
29 October 2013 by Anastasia French
Like the author Laurie Lee, Anastasia woke up one morning with a desire to walk south to the sea - and she did it! In the second instalment she starts out solo and find it less of a walk in the park...
24 October 2013 by Walking Class Hero
I was in North Devon to join the poet Simon Armitage and walk a stretch of the South West Coast Path. A couple of years ago I accompanied Simon on a section of the Pennine Way for his book Walking Home, this year he’s writing the follow-up, imaginatively entitled Walking Away.
24 September 2013 by Walking Class Hero
Whilst we look forward to autumn with early fogs and a hint of crisp in the air, Walking Class Hero is reminiscing about the wonderful summer of walking. But what would have made it even better?
19 September 2013 by Eugene Suggett
The sandy beaches and inlets and caves make Botany Bay an attraction ... the awesome sea-stacks, fashioned over time from the chalk cliffs by the waves, give it the type of desolate eeriness not normally expected.
30 August 2013 by Sheila Spence
Autumn is a great time for fruits and fungi – including one of my favourites, The Parasol.
30 August 2013 by Phil Pickin
We all know autumn is a season full of rich colours on the trees and mellow fruitfulness in the hedgerows but it’s also a time during which plants and animals that live in our ponds and rivers start to get themselves ready for the coming winter.
06 August 2013 by Walking Class Hero
Regular readers will know that I’m an enthusiastic, not to say evangelistic, urban walker who now lives deep in the heart of London’s suburbia but I find the word 'urban' a bit limiting.
01 June 2013 by Sheila Spence
We all hope for a ‘golden summer’ so here are some ‘golden’ wild foods to look out for at this time of year. Easily recognised, but usually passed by, are the golden flowers of Dandelion. The fresh young leaves can be used in salads and sandwiches, for making an herbal tonic or even fermented beer.
01 June 2013 by Phil Pickin
Beyond much slower ‘traffic’ and a supply of water, the footpaths and embankments that line our canals and waterways provide green spaces – both for wildlife and walkers.
03 March 2013 by Sheila Spence
As Spring approaches the first sign of the impending abundance wild food is often Wild Garlic. Lime flowers are usually found later in the Spring, and can be used in soothing herbal tisanes.
03 March 2013 by Phil Pickin
For many people spring is a favorite time of year - new growth gives the countryside a fresh green hue and new life evident almost everywhere you look!
12 December 2012 by Sheila Spence
If you are walking by the shore this winter look out for the small shellfish locally available; cockles, mussels , winkles and the lovely long razor clams can be enjoyed throughout the winter months; they all have an ‘r’ in them.
12 December 2012 by Phil Pickin
Winter can sometimes be thought of as a quiet and uninteresting time of year when it comes to wildlife, but there is more out there than you might think – it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for.