Spring 2014

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Welcome to the spring issue!

You need to get up early if you want the hills and valleys to yourself, which is why a well-placed hostel can make all the difference. We’ve rounded up some of the best in this issue, with a host of new Ramblers Routes walks from YHA’s finest around England and Wales. We also take a look at Scotland’s new John Muir Way, hear an impassioned plea from Cameron McNeish for North Harris to be designated a national park, and take an expert look at all your nominees in this year’s Walk Reader Awards. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays share their latest holidays on foot, ski or snowshoe.  Plus, there’s a holiday to St Lucia up for grabs in our fantastic competitions. Good luck! 

Dominic Bates

The world's more beautiful on foot with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays

Man hiking in the Himalayas

Explore a stunning collection of walking holidays, stretching to all corners of the globe.

Rooms with a view

Rowardennan Lodge

To celebrate a new collaboration with the Youth Hostel Association (YHA), which sees the creation of Ramblers Routes routecards from their accommodation across England and Wales, Andrew McCloy checks out some of Britain’s best-placed hostels, where you can step straight from reception desk onto trail.

Top 10 tips for lobbying your local MP

Walk in the woods

With the general election just over a year away, we're ramping up our campaign on Westminster, taking more MPs out on walks and launching a manifesto to ensure the concerns of walkers are in the minds of any future Government. But we need your help, so we've come up with ten top tips for lobbying your local MP.

My Walk of Life: Walking helped me beat cancer

Ian Rigby

After being diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer, retired headteacher Ian Rigby turned to walking to help him with his recovery. Now he leads walks and tells everyone how it saved his life. Kerry Harden meets him.