The Ramblers Association organises group walks conducted by walk leaders across Britain. Around 300,000 people take part in Ramblers organised walks per year. Their members can join a walk anywhere in the country and new walkers are always welcome.
The Ramblers association enables people to enjoy the joys, freedom and benefits that come from being outdoors on foot. The association is made up of people and groups who volunteer and come together to both enjoy walking and other outdoor events and also to ensure that they protect the infrastructure and places people go walking.
The charity started with groups of walkers who wanted access for the public to the countryside. The association has increased the ability of the public to access the countryside since 2000 by gaining access to 865,000 hectares of land in England and Wales where the walkers can access the countryside without depending on a footpath.
It is now by law that Ramblers in England and Wales need to be consulted on changes to paths and our volunteers go through thousands of miles of paths each year. A team of eighty volunteers work with local authorities doing hands on maintenance and improvement work, for instance, putting in new gates and carefully making sure paths don’t become overgrown. Ramblers Association is here to promote the benefits of outdoor walking to those who are considering improving their health and well-being through physical activity. The charity also provides and supports a range of projects. In England they partner with Macmillan Cancer Support as the national Centre for the Walking for Health programme and operate their Get Walking Keep Walking short walks programme.