What we care about

Our work to keep the countryside open to all and to fight for the things that matter most to walkers.

Our work

The Ramblers is a charity dedicated to removing barriers so everyone can enjoy walking in green spaces and to preserving and improving hundreds of thousands of miles of well-loved paths, tracks and trails across England, Scotland, and Wales. We're committed to campaigning to keep our countryside open to all and to fighting for the things that matter most to walkers.   

Our successes   

We fought to establish National Parks and National Trails – and we won. And we successfully campaigned for everyone to enjoy Britain's coastline on foot. We've helped open up vast swathes of the British countryside which was out of bounds, and we made sure laws were amended and added to keep it that way.  

Our future focus  

There’s still more to do. So we continue to secure support from government and help construct national and local policies and programmes to build a future fit for everyone everywhere to walk outdoors. We keep on engaging communities and organisations across England, Scotland, and Wales to help us achieve our ambitions. And we’re opening up a world of walking opportunities for even more people.  

Current campaigns

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Expand the freedom to roam

Help us to expand the freedom to roam. It is one of the biggest things we can do to increase access to the outdoors for everyone.

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Don’t Lose Your Way – Saving lost paths

We have searched England and Wales and found over 49,000 miles of paths that could be lost forever. Time is running out to save them for future generations. 

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Improving access to nature for everyone

Walking in nature makes us happier and healthier. We think that pleasure should be open to everyone, everywhere.

Current issues and consultations

A planning application has been submitted for a golf course at Coul Links in the Highlands

Objection to new Coul Links golf course

More than 1,100 supporters signed our #SaveCoulLinks petition, calling on The Highland Council to save internationally-protected dunes at Coul Links near Embo from a terrible golf development. We also submitted a formal objection asking councillors to stand up for access, landscape and the joy of walking these special dunes. They are due to make a decision on 12 September 2023.

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Latest consultation on the Sustainable Farming Scheme

In their latest consultation on the Sustainable Farming Scheme, Welsh Government is seeking views on a new rule that could help transform the quality of access to the paths and open spaces of Wales.   

What we care about

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Access

We’re committed to campaigning to keep our countryside open to be explored freely and we speak up on issues that matter to walkers. 

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Environment

We believe getting closer to nature through walking can give us all a boost to our wellbeing. We work to look after the environment for future generations.

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Paths

Our paths are a gateway to the great outdoors, enabling us all to experience the joy of walking. That’s why we protect and improve this precious asset.

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Equity

The Ramblers open the way for everyone to enjoy the simple pleasures of walking. We work to remove barriers so everyone can enjoy walking in green spaces.