WHO we are
The Ramblers Association
We’re a registered charity and our core work is to safeguard the places people go walking and encourage them to do so – from gentle strolls to challenging hikes, whether in towns or in the countryside.
We currently have 114,000 members across England, Scotland and Wales.
Now known simply as the Ramblers, the Ramblers Association was officially founded on 1 January 1935. Since then we have helped coax, campaign and build Britain path-by-path into one of the most walking-friendly countries in the world.
WHAT we do
Through our dedicated volunteers, we provide Britain’s biggest range of group led walks, work to protect our countryside and ensure access to its historic path network and introduce new people to the many benefits of walking.
Becoming a member of the Ramblers not only supports our charitable work, it also provides access to group walks and social events all year round, organised by our network of walking groups across England, Scotland and Wales. We also offer the opportunity for members to get involved in a number of volunteering activities including the running of the charity.
WHY We Care- Our objectives
We are committed to supporting Britain’s 9 million walkers and to protecting and expanding access to the places people love to walk – whether that’s along our treasured public rights of way network, in our towns and cities or on access land like our mountains, moors and heath.
We know that walking is critical in helping tackle a host of existing challenges facing the country: improving our mental and physical health; reviving local economies; and enhancing our connection with the outdoors, and each other. We explore this in our Manifesto for a Walking Britain where we call on all MPs to support us in unlocking the potential of walking to create a happier, healthier society, a better environment, and a more prosperous economy.
Some of our greatest achievements
- The Ramblers was instrumental to the introduction of National Parks and National Trails including the creation of the Pennine Way back in 1965 and more recently the South Downs National Park in 2009.
- The year 2000 saw one of the biggest milestones in Ramblers history with the passing of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 giving walkers the ‘right to roam’ in open countryside in England and Wales, followed three years later by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 giving Scotland the most progressive access in Europe by granting statutory access rights to almost all land.
- In 2009, after many years of campaigning led by the Ramblers, the public won the right to walk along the entire coast of England through the creation of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
- In 2011, thanks in part to work by Ramblers Cymru, Wales became the first country in the world to have a path around its entire coastline.
Become a Rambler
Our groups help local people enjoy walking and protect the places we all love to walk. Most groups organise regular walks led by local experts – a great way to get outside, make new friends and discover how walking boosts your health and happiness. You’re very welcome to try walking with us, or to get involved in looking after paths and green spaces and opening up new places to explore.