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’
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.
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.
08 February 2021 by Tanne Spielman
At the Ramblers, we believe everyone, no matter what age or background, should have the chance to discover the joy of walking in the great outdoors. And that’s exactly what the brilliant ‘Out There Award’ that is delivered by Ramblers Scotland is all about.
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.
01 June 2020 by Rachel Bayley
What is the first thing you think when you think of volunteers? Maybe it's all those people who volunteered at the Olympic Games or all those people out helping their neighbours during the current pandemic. Rachael Bayley, director of Operations and Volunteering, shares her thoughts when asked this question.
26 February 2020 by Roy Emes
When one man joined the Ramblers a decade ago, he couldn’t possibly have imagined quite how much it would change his life. Or that he’d clock up 20,000 miles.
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!
05 June 2019 by Ed Wilson
Presenting a national Volunteer Award to Brian Micklam from West Wiltshire for his work as footpath secretary and local action.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
30 April 2018 by Guest blogger
Judith Taylor, Northumbria area volunteer, on the re-opening of the Tyne & Wear Heritage Way.
26 April 2018 by Guest blogger
David Martin, former local councillor and Ramblers volunteer shares his top tips for engaging with your local councillors.
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.
12 September 2017 by Kathrine Payne
The beautiful Pentland Hills near Edinburgh are enjoyed by 600,000 people a year; with most visiting to enjoy the area’s 100km of scenic paths and trails. Such experiences are made possible thanks to the hard work of a small army of path maintenance volunteers, including one very special 83-year-old: Arthur Mackenzie from Penicuik.
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.
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.
06 June 2017 by George Redmayne
We owe much to our volunteer path maintenance teams across Britain who work tirelessly to ensure our paths are kept open and in good order. Walkers enjoy the benefits, but how many appreciate the work that goes into achieving those benefits? George Redmayne donned his outdoor gear to find out more.
16 December 2016 by Pathwatch
Last month, our Pathwatch campaign launched with a week of path maintenance on Offa’s Dyke Path. Rambler’s delivery officer, Anna Brewster, rolled up her sleeves and got stuck in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 December 2015 by Benedict Southworth
Ramblers chief executive Benedict Southworth looks back over our most ambitious survey ever.
01 September 2015 by Walking Class Hero
With the Big Pathwatch moving into high gear, one walker describes the joy of discovery fuelled by the project.
01 June 2015 by Guest blogger
Award winner David Howarth reflects on the achievements of the Isle of Wight Ramblers and receiving the 'Running the Ramblers' award.
06 May 2015 by Walking Class Hero
A city’s environmental credentials are an important factor in assessing its status. Walking Class Hero takes a look at New York and Glasgow to see how accessible and user-friendly their walking routes are.
12 September 2014 by Ed Wilson
Ed visits the Isle of Mull and considers the valuable contribution volunteers make to society.
27 June 2014 by Ruth Somerville
With 1,200 species of butterflies and moths and some of the UK’s oldest woodland, the West Midlands’ Wyre Forest is a boon for walkers and naturalists alike. Yet for a long time, the Forest’s westernmost boundary in South Shropshire was inaccessible to walkers. Until Susan Sharp came along.
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.
04 June 2014 by Ed Wilson
Volunteers are the bedrock of the Ramblers - without our volunteers we wouldn't exist to keep paths open and people walking. So it's essential that we offer the best support to them and so we're asking, if you were starting as a volunteer what would you most need?
03 June 2014 by Rod Goodman
Rod Goodman of the Forest of Dean Ramblers, is a man who likes to get stuck into a project. He tells of how the local Ramblers group teamed up with the council to save a well-used path.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
15 January 2014 by Ed Wilson
The simple joys of "rambling busily, along the hedgerows, across the copses" as epitomised by Mole in Wind in the Willows, have only been made possible by the unique network of footpaths. Which is why some of the statistics quoted in the recent 'Paths in Crisis' report concern Ed.
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.
16 October 2013 by Ed Wilson
Whether clearing overgrowth, checking path diversions, leading a walk around a city park or national park, making sure the finances are in order or coordinating the management committee, every single volunteer helps to keep you walking.
09 October 2013 by Sarah Gardner
By far the most special thing about Epping Forest is that it’s held in trust as a place for people to enjoy forever.
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.
09 September 2013 by Benedict Southworth
We are the organisation that works for walkers, and with 9 million of you in England alone, we want to make sure we are representing your views, if the Ramblers is to steer the right course over the next few years.
06 September 2013 by Mary Gough
We've started a big conversation with people all over the country to find out how to make the outdoors even more enjoyable, and determine our vision for the next 10 years. One of our volunteers, Mary, talks about the conversations she's been having with people who love the outdoors.
01 August 2013 by Sarah Gardner
The Ramblers knows how to work for walkers, and it knows how to have fun doing it. We recognise that we need to find our feet in a rapidly changing world, but we are as important now as we’ve ever been.
18 June 2013 by Sarah Gardner
It's not news to the 17,000 Ramblers volunteers who regularly give up their free time to keep paths in top condition, but getting stuck into a project like this is incredibly rewarding. Not only are you outside, feeling healthy and happy, enjoying the fresh air, you are also doing something of benefit to the wider community.
02 April 2013 by Anastasia French
Physical inactivity is killing more people than smoking and getting more people walking is vital to fix this problem. Our paths are the first place people turn to go walking. Despite this, funding for our footpaths has been cut again and again.
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.
19 November 2012 by Benedict Southworth
Benedict Southworth, chief executive of the Ramblers talks about the future of the organisation and how we need to be able to build on our strengths, as well as changing the things that no longer work so well, or don't work for new generations of walkers.