The Ramblers is a charity whose goal is to protect the ability of people to enjoy the sense of freedom and benefits that come from being outdoors on foot.
We’re an association of people and groups who come together to both enjoy walking and other outdoor pursuits and also to ensure that we protect and expand the infrastructure and places people go walking.
Our roots are in groups of walkers who wanted access for the public to the countryside. To this day most of our work is done by members who volunteer their time.
We have dramatically increased the ability of the public to access the countryside:
- In 2000 through the Countryside and Rights of Way Act we gained access to 865,000 hectares of land where in England and Wales where the public can access the countryside without depending on a footpath
- In 2003 through the Land Reform Act we secured responsible access over most areas of land and water in Scotland
- In 2009, the public won the right to walk along the entire coast of England which will give access to some of the wildest and most dramatic landscapes in England
- In 2012 the Welsh Coast Path opened
Our success comes through our ability to work alongside other recreational users of the countryside. We also work with the broader outdoors community including those companies and communities that rely on walking for their economic well-being.
Over the last sixty years the Ramblers have played a pivotal role helping secure the footpath network in England and Wales. We literally helped put your rights of way on the map as well as championing long distance routes like the National Trails.
We continue to look after the network. By law, Ramblers in England and Wales needs to be consulted on changes to paths and our volunteers inspect thousands of miles of paths each year. Eighty of our volunteer teams work with local authorities doing hands on maintenance and improvement work, for example, putting in new gates and making sure paths don’t become overgrown.
We also protect the places people go walking. We believe in protecting people’s ability to enjoy the intrinsic values of nature and so we will defend the countryside and urban green spaces. To avoid unnecessary duplication of effort with other charities we mainly do this through effective participation in wider coalitions and by work within local communities to avoid particular developments.
If you are interested in joining the Ramblers, please go to – http://www.ramblers.org.uk/become-a-member.aspx
For more local information please go to – http://www.norfolkra.org.uk/index.htm