Kate Ashbrook officially opens the stretch of the England Coast Path at Weymouth
Ramblers President Kate Ashbrook and our One Coast For All campaign for the England Coast Path have been nominated in the Great Outdoors Awards run annually by TGO magazine and voted for by members of the public.
Kate has been shortlisted in the outdoor personality of the year category with bushcraft expert Ray Mears, writer and environmentalist Marion Shoard and ‘King of the Fells’ Joss Naylor amongst other advocates for the outdoors.
A tireless campaigner for countryside and access issues, Kate has been a Ramblers supporter for over 30 years and our President since 2012. She is renowned for being instrumental in the reopening of the ‘Hoogstraten path’ in East Sussex and for her work with the Open Spaces Society.
Our coastal access campaign One Coast For All has been nominated for the environmental or access initiative of the year award alongside the Britain on Foot campaign, the John Muir Trust’s Wild Land Campaign and the Moors for the Future project.
Throughout the campaign we’ve called on the Government to make good its promise to create a path around England’s coastline. Last month we published a report making The Case for Coast which we delivered to MPs from an ice cream van in Westminster.
"I'm delighted that our One Coast for All campaign, supported by so many walkers, councils and businesses, has been nominated for this award, said Nicky Philpott, Director of Advocacy and Engagement at the Ramblers.
"If we succeed it will be because of the tireless work of our supporters, who have refused to let this programme be cut by the Government, and our volunteers, who are scouting out potential routes for the path and negotiating the best possible coastal walk for all people to enjoy".
Voting for the awards – which also include a clothing or equipment brand of the year category and an award for the best outdoor book – is now open on the TGO website and runs until 10 November. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Kendal in the Lake District on 13 November.