Talking walking at General Council

David Rutley MP at General Council

David Rutley MP talks walking at General Council

Our annual conference, held in Liverpool at the weekend, was an opportunity to celebrate successes, debate walking and outdoor issues and hear from special guests as well as enjoy the walking opportunities on offer around the city.

General Council saw hundreds of Ramblers members, volunteers, supporters and staff gather at the Adelphi Hotel to discuss issues affecting walkers in workshops, informal events and structured debates with lots of people also joining in on Twitter and Facebook.

Hot topics included the looming 2026 deadline for recording historic paths, engaging with young people, the health benefits of walking and our approach to volunteering as well as other walking-related issues such as renewable energy, public transport and biodiversity offsetting.

And there was the chance to hear from Maria Eagle MP, who spoke about the important contribution that walking makes to improving wellbeing, connecting people to nature and supporting the rural economy, and David Rutley MP, who shared his advice on how local groups can engage with their MP to promote the work of the Ramblers.

The annual event is also an opportunity to reflect on the successes the Ramblers has achieved in the last year and once again we held our President’s Volunteer Awards to celebrate the hard work of our dedicated volunteers. We also unveiled a report looking at our impact as a charity from leading walks to helping people speak up on the things that matter to walkers.

As well as the main business of General Council there was also plenty of time for those who attended to chat informally between sessions as well as get out and enjoy the cultural attractions around Liverpool’s city centre.

To find out more about this year’s General Council take a look at our photo gallery.