Janet Davis presented OBE

A woman standing outdoors, in front of a castle, holding a boxed medalJanet Davis, our retired senior policy officer was presented with her OBE at Windsor Castle last week, after being named in the 2018 Queen’s birthday honours list. 

Janet was recognised for services to the natural environment and walkers in Great Britain, and reflects Janet’s many years of work as a guardian and champion of the path network, as well as her expertise on rights of way law and practice. Her work has helped thousands of people to access the countryside and enjoy the benefits of walking.

The accolate also acknowledges Janet’s long career with the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity, where she was employed for more than three decades (1984 - 2016). Throughout that time, Janet worked on countless path issues, getting involved in legal action and working with legal advisors on high-profile cases through to the House of Lords. Many of these cases created vital legal precedents.

Janet has also offered advice and training to Ramblers volunteers, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to deal with local path problems. During her time with the Ramblers she played a central role in securing better laws to protect public paths, from obstruction and failure to reinstate after ploughing for instance, and in pivotal legal cases which established important principles for the addition of paths to the official maps.

B. Gill Chair Gloucestershire Area


A well deserved award for someone with not only a huge depth of knowledge but a willingness to respond to any issue as if it the most important of the day.
Janet also came and spoke at the 2013 celebration of the work of Tony Drake MBE rambler extraordinaire.
Congratulations Janet and thanks for everything you've done for us!

Roger Bangs


Its good to see that Janet's work over the years has been recognised. In Hertfordshire & North Middlesex Area I have often heard her name mentioned having given advice on RoW issues. Footpath secretaries need expert advice & appreciate when it is given.
Best wishes for the future.

Jane Kiely


Congratulations Janet, extremely well deserved. You have taught us all so much, always with a smile and interesting anecdotes and stories. Enjoy your retirement!

Michael Bird, Area Footpath Secretary, Warwickshire Area.


Congratulations Janet. A well deserved recognition of all your years of work for the Ramblers’ Association. Thank you too for all your help, advice, and encouragement when things were not going right. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Congratulations Janet. A well deserved recognition of all your years of work for the Ramblers’ Association. Thank you too for all your help, advice, and encouragement when things were not going right. It was a pleasure to work with you.