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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!

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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

Reaching the North Pole

Arctic adventure

24 August 2018 by Guest blogger

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.

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.

Andrea Tomeckova

How getting #OutThere can change your life!

18 June 2018 by Kathrine Payne

Edinburgh Young Walkers member Andrea Tomečková shares her story about the positive impact walking has had on her life.

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…

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.

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.

Footsteps and heartbeats: Walks with my newborn

01 November 2017 by Jess Dolan

On her return as Ramblers Scotland director after a year on maternity leave, Jess Dolan reflects on the huge, positive impact walking has had on her life in the last 12 months.

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?

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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?

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?

Orange and polenta cake

Zingy and springy recipe

10 March 2017 by Charlotte Pike

As we leave the depths of winter behind, it feels right to take the best seasonal ingredients and add a lighter, fresher citrus twist. Here's two recipes to try this spring from Charlotte Pike.

A spiced parsnip cake, freshly cut

Cold comfort recipes

18 January 2017 by Charlotte Pike

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

Woodhouse 70 walking for health

A new path to health

22 November 2016 by Roberta Antonaci

At the Ramblers, we know what a positive impact even a small amount of exercise outdoors can have on people’s lives, and every day it feels as if I hear from another person for whom walking has dramatically changed their life for the better.

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Path maintenance teams off(a) to fantastic start on Offa's Dyke

17 November 2016 by Pathwatch

Our path maintenance teams do fantastic work keeping our rights of way clear. As part of our Pathwatch campaign, we're aiming to fix all path problems on Offa's Dyke this week and to get all rights of way well-maintained by 2020.

A fix as a result of Big Pathwatch

Celebrating Pathwatch successes as new campaign launches

15 November 2016 by Pathwatch

If we don’t protect our right to roam and the network of paths open to us, we’ll lose them - and as a lifelong walker and lover of the outdoors, embracing Pathwatch was an imperative for Rachel Orange.

White Cliffs Walking festival 2016

Have you tried a walking festival near you?

12 July 2016 by Ash Stally Chudasama

Summer is here, and so begins festival season! Festivals are a great way to experience the best of what Britain has to offer – whether it’s music, food, ale or walking.

Walking for Health in Bowling Park

Physical inactivity is killing us - let's find our feet

01 July 2016 by Roberta Antonaci

Physical inactivity is killing us, with a lack of exercise now causing 1 in 6 deaths in the UK. Fortunately there is an answer, and it lies at your feet.

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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Adventures in foraging

05 October 2015 by Dumisani Nyathi

A young forager talks about how he got started finding food along the paths near his home.

Path maintenance volunteers

It's time to say thank you

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.

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.

Phil Pickin

Citizen science

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.

"Uh-oh. There's a couple coming - what do I say?"

The etiquette of hello

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?

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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.

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: T

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.

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.

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: S

30 August 2013 by Christopher Somerville

S is for stick – you see them everywhere: ramblers toting walking poles, stabbing them into inoffensive meadows and flat sea walls and level country roads as though negotiating the high Himalayas.

Muddy path

Muddy work

31 March 2013 by Benedict Southworth

Last year the Ramblers helped 1200 people to safeguard their local paths, including most recently the historic Mud Lane, at Purton in Wiltshire, which had been neglected for decades.

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: Q

01 March 2013 by Christopher Somerville

Q is for quicksands – The oddest place I’ve ever walked, by a country mile, is that ‘most dreadful gulfe and shippe swallower’, the Goodwin Sands.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: P

28 November 2012 by Christopher Somerville

P is for poetry – although I really ought to have filed it long ago, under ‘D is for doggerel’. Why is doggerel always seen as the poor relation of poetry?

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: O

28 August 2012 by Christopher Somerville

O is for Ooooohhhh – or the capacity to stop and stare, to be astonished, enchanted and generally struck all of a heap.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: N

23 May 2012 by Christopher Somerville

N is for Notebook – 387, 388, 389, and that’s it, till the next time I go walking. There they sit on their own special shelves, 389 of them so far – the little notebooks that have tracked my walking life over the past 30 years.

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: M

22 February 2012 by Christopher Somerville

M is for music – or at least what passes for it when I go walking: a constant babble of ballads, songs and snatches that trail this wand’ring minstrel like a pack of dogs.

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: L

25 November 2011 by Christopher Somerville

L is for Landlady – specifically the one who ran the “K…H…” pub in “the town of M-in-T…” in “the county of D…” in the “year of Our Lord 197…”, when Dad and I set out on our first long-distance walk together, a good slice of the best bit of the Pennine Way.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: K

29 August 2011 by Christopher Somerville

K is Kyrgystan – Katboschfontein, Khatyngnakh, Kyrksæterøra, and all the other places I’ll never actually walk. They beckon from the index of my 1990 Times Atlas of the World, a constant resource and secret delight.

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Christopher Somerville's A Z of walking: J

01 June 2011 by Christopher Somerville

J is for Jollity – you know, that thing we associate with walking. Don’t we, lads and lasses?

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Christopher Somerville's A Z of walking: I

12 April 2011 by Christopher Somerville

I is for Islands – more specifically those gloopy, gluey, marsh-and-mud islands of the Essex coast.

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Christopher Somerville's A Z of walking: H

22 November 2010 by Christopher Somerville

H is for Heroes - specifically Hillaby. They say you should never meet your heroes, and I never did catch up with John Hillaby. He was too busy walking.

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Christopher Somerville's A Z of walking: G

26 August 2010 by Christopher Somerville

My 10-year-old self lay back on the turf, book in hand, all alone in deepest Dorset. And I’ll never forget the cold pang of terror when I looked up from my book to see an evil little face, with goat-like eyes and the most cynical of smiles, staring out at me from among the tree trunks.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: F

01 June 2010 by Christopher Somerville

F is for Flora and Fauna – my favourite outdoor twins. I’ve been going out with both of them for a long time now.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: E

12 February 2010 by Christopher Somerville

E is for Elephant – and in particular the mighty Maharaja, who decided to assert his right to roam in famous circumstances.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: D

23 November 2009 by Christopher Somerville

D is for Drovers — the hard men who once travelled the green roads of our land. Everywhere you follow the ancient tracks, through holloways in the south country downs or out along cobbled paths across the northern moors, you find signs of a vigorous commerce now vanished.

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Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: C

25 August 2009 by Christopher Somerville

C is for Company Curmudgeon Man – I hear his crusty footfall, coming nearer all the time. Share my water bottle? Well, why the bloody hell didn’t you bring your own? Do you good to go without. Teach you a lesson, won’t it?

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: B

26 May 2009 by Christopher Somerville

B is for Binoculars – a bird-watcher’s best friend, but also a walker’s. Why didn’t I think of them before? How many person-hours have I spent peering under my hand like a silly old seadog, trying to identify the minuscule blob of a waymark across a misty moor?

Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville's A-Z of walking: A

18 February 2009 by Christopher Somerville

A is for Anger – that healthy and yet thoroughly scary emotion. At least, we are told it is healthy. Let off steam at your workmates, exhorts the industrial psychologist. Go on, it’s good to clear the air.

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