A new president for the Ramblers

Kate Ashbrook

New Ramblers President Kate Ashbrook is a fervent campaigner for countryside access

Countryside campaigner Kate Ashbrook has been announced as the new President of the Ramblers.

A tireless supporter – and member – of the Ramblers for over 30 years, Kate is well known for her work with the Open Spaces Society and for leading the campaign to open the infamous “Van Hoogstraten” path in East Sussex.

She was elected President at the Ramblers General Council in Leicester on 21 April – an annual event attended by Ramblers staff and volunteers – to resounding applause after voting saw a sweeping majority.

Her first act as President was to help launch the 80th anniversary celebrations of the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932, an event considered to be a turning point in the access movement and which helped lead to the creation of the first National Park – the Peak District – in 1951.

Speaking at the 80th anniversary launch in Edale, Derbyshire, on 24 April, Kate emphasised the need to continue the work catalysed by the trespass 80 years ago. “We never know when the Kinder spirit must be rekindled. That’s why we must keep that torch alight.”

A fervent campaigner for countryside access, Kate has promised to promote the ongoing efforts of Ramblers volunteers in her new role as President. “Walkers need to know how indebted they are to Ramblers members whose tireless work is securing better public access throughout England, Scotland and Wales” she said.

Kate takes over as Ramblers President from TV presenter Julia Bradbury. "The past two years as Ramblers President has been a great privilege” said Julia. “I wish the Ramblers, and the new President, the best of luck for the future.”

To find out more about Kate read her blog at campaignerkate.wordpress.com.