- National Volunteers’ Week – Here’s to all 26,000 of you
- Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy – a big step forward?
- Inner London Ramblers welcome decision to pull Garden Bridge funding
- An important update on phishing emails
- Stuart Maconie named as our new president
- Article 50 and public access
- More dates announced for Don’t Lose Your Way training sessions
- More dates announced for Don’t Lose Your Way training sessions
- Festival of Winter Walks 2016 round-up
- Don’t Lose Your Way training session
- Here’s what walkers achieved in 2016
- The Ramblers welcomes London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner
- Ramblers fix problems along Offa’s Dyke Path following Big Pathwatch
- The Big Pathwatch reveals 59,000 problems on our path network
- Network Rail plans risk fragmenting the path network
On 24 April the Pennine Way celebrates its 50th anniversary. Britain’s first ever long distance path, the much cherished national trail covers 256 miles along mountain tops in Northumberland, the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District.
Visit the Ramblers website for further details about how the anniversary is being celebrated by clicking the link below:
Message from Victoria Armitage the new Ramblers Campaigns Officer:
For those of you who I haven’t yet met, I’m Victoria Armitage the new Campaigns Officer here at Ramblers.
I know many of you are concerned about the impact of cuts to footpath budgets and lots of you have been speaking to your local councils about the issue.
I’m putting on a training day for members in Peterborough on Saturday 16 May so we can get together and talk about campaign planning and tactics which can help us to persuade our local councils of the value of footpath budgets or other important issues. It’s a difficult time for councils as there have been massive cuts to budgets, but we need to be able to make the case for paths to ensure our Rights of Way remain open and walkable for everyone. It’s a free day with a delicious lunch provided and travel can be reimbursed up to £50 for members.
Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend.
If you are unable to attend, I’ve put together some handy campaign materials online for you to look at. Follow this link to see them. http://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/campaign-in-your-area.aspx
Please do get in touch if you would like more information about this event or have a local issue you’d like my support with. I know you are all very busy so it would be my pleasure to pitch in and help with your local campaigns!
I’d love to see you at the training day it would be great to put our heads together and share our experiences. If you’d like to attend the training day then please send an email to email@example.com with your full name and I’ll add you to the list of people attending!
0207 339 8584
Nottinghamshire Area Ramblers has asked us if anyone within the group can help them develop a new webpage.
If anyone wants to augment their CV with the project or is otherwise interested please could they contact Jenny Fillingham (area secretary). Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Increasingly people are doing things on the move – like looking for walks and routes, and keeping up to date with our campaigns. So we’re making some technical changes to ensure that our website is simple and easy to use on mobiles and tablets, as well as on desktop computers, by introducing a responsive design where pages change according to screen size.
At the same time we’re making it easier for people to find what they’re looking for. Over the coming weeks you’ll notice that some headings and menu options will change. Of course, change isn’t just for change sake; our analysis shows that some people really struggle to find what they’re looking for. And for people new to our website it can be particularly daunting.
To help ensure that you can always find what you’re looking for we’ve also made some ‘friendly’ links to some of our most popular content – and these links will always work:
Find a group walk, route or event: www.ramblers.org.uk/
Find a group: www.ramblers.org.uk/
Walk magazine: www.ramblers.org.uk/walkmag
Become a member: www.ramblers.org.uk/membership
Report a path or access problem: www.ramblers.org.uk/
Plus you can always try using the search option or drop us a line if you need any help, by going to: www.ramblers.org.uk/
We’ve received the message below from The Ramblers helping you to get the most out of your membership on their website.
If any of you are not yet members or have let it lapse, please (re)join; every subscription helps to support the cause as a whole and NDWG. If you have any questions, please see the Ramblers website or email Harriet, your even-friendlier NDWG Membership Secretary at email@example.com
Please remind members of our Members area. Once registered they will be able to update/amend their personal details as well as gain access to the library of Ramblers Routes.
Please note the new Ramblers ‘contact us’ page on the website which has been updated so members can see answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Less than 10 months from now the General Election will be upon us. Polling stations across the country will open and we’ll be choosing the MPs that will represent us for the next five years.
But if you were Prime Minister, what would you do for walking and walkers?
While politicians and political parties toil away over the summer putting together their manifestos, we’ve beaten them to it by publishing our own – a ‘Manifesto for a Walking Britain’*.
It includes calls to promote healthy, active lifestyles through walking; to protect the places we walk and to improve access to our great outdoors. In short, it’s an ambitious and far-reaching map for how we can build a walking Britain.
But before we launch our manifesto, I’d like to get your views.
Your answers to this short survey (it’ll only take a minute) will help bolster our discussions with politicians and shape our campaign to build a walking Britain.
I look forward to reading your response.
With best wishes,
Director of Campaigns
PS – Please complete this survey and tell us what you’d do for walkers if you were Prime Minister for the day.
*Read a Manifesto for a Walking Britain.
A message from Nicky Philpott, Director of Campaigns for the Ramblers:
14 years ago we won the right to roam over mountains and moor, over heathland and downland. When I open an OS map and see this right symbolised by swathes of yellow, I feel proud to be a Rambler and of all we’ve achieved together.
But included in that law was a catch. It said that in 2026, footpaths that aren’t on the map will be left off it. Forever.
We’re now halfway to 2026. We know that over 4,000 paths are still waiting to be added to the map and many more remain undiscovered. If a path’s not on the map it can be closed off, built on, gone forever.
These are historic footpaths. Paths that have been walked by our ancestors, who used them to go to market, walk to church, visit their relatives. These footpaths are part of our heritage but unless things change, they won’t have a future.
It gets worse. It’s really hard to get a path put on the map. It can take over 20 years, and involves lots of to-ing and fro-ing between landowners, the council, the Government and the people who use the path. We just don’t have that time left.
Working with landowners and councils, we’ve come up with ways to make it easier to put paths on the map. So we don’t have to wait years and years for a path to be protected.
MPs are discussing our plans today. I’ll let you know how it goes, and how you can help as the political debate continues.
Together, we can ensure our historic footpaths have a future.
Director of Campaigns
PS – you can find out more about the plans and our Don’t Lose Your Way campaign on our website www.ramblers.org.uk/
The Ramblers are currently campaigning for the Isle of Wight to be included in the proposed England Coast Path and are asking members to consider sending an email to the Government to rally support.
Work on the England Coast Path is well underway. But the Isle of Wight has been left out. The Ramblers want everyone to be able to enjoy the Island’s spectacular cliff-tops and stunning beaches. The Government are now asking whether they should now include the Isle of Wight.
To tell the Government to give walkers the opportunity to explore the island’s entire coastline just visit the link below and complete the online form to send an email. There is less than a week before the consultation closes, the more support we can show, the more likely that Government will give the Isle of Wight the coast path it deserves.
For more information about the England Coast Path visit the One Coast For All campaign on the Ramblers website linked below: