The Ramblers is at the heart of walking in Britain; working to promote walking and protect the places where people walk for over 75 years. It has helped build and protect Britain’s 140,000 mile long path network, it runs over 45,000 walks a year, and campaigns for better walking routes and more walking opportunities.
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Walking is a great way to get fit and healthy, and the Ramblers has launched Ramblers Routes; a collection of Britain’s best walks from the experts. This is an exciting new online library of high-quality walking routes across Britain, to entice the adventurous spirit into the outdoors. Ramblers Routes has been launched as part of a new-look Ramblers website with exciting new features for members, volunteers and everyone who walks.
These routes have been created for walkers by Ramblers volunteers. Each route is developed and thoroughly checked by volunteers who have been walking the length and breadth of Britain to ensure they’re of the highest quality, before being given the Ramblers’ expert seal of approval.
There are hundreds of free routes for anyone to enjoy simply by registering on the Ramblers’ website with hundreds more premium routes available as a special benefit for Ramblers members. This growing collection of walking routes caters for all walkers, from short urban walks to introduce new people to walking; walks suitable for families and pushchairs; routes taking in history, coast or woodland, to long-distance, challenging hillside walks for more experienced walkers.
Benedict Southworth, Ramblers Chief Executive, said, “This online library of high-quality walking routes has long been an ambition of the Ramblers. So it is with great pride that we launch Ramblers Routes for everyone who loves to walk, or would like to get started. These routes offer the opportunity to walk along inspiring and interesting trails of various lengths across Britain, whenever you please. It is also an opportunity to share the unrivalled expertise of Ramblers members when it comes to walking.”
Each route has an online routecard, with step by step descriptions, points of interest and advice on how to get to the start point. It also features a wide choice of mapping layers including Ordnance Survey Landranger and Ordnance Survey Explorer maps with the option to print the route and download GPS data.
The new Ramblers website is great for all things walking; whether you’re an experienced hiker or you’re just starting out, whether you like to walk alone or in an organised group, explore countryside, cities or coast, so visit www.ramblers.org.uk.
The Sub Zero Store has everything you’ll need to make the most of your walking days and holidays so start filling your basket now.
The Ramblers will be showcasing the new Routes Database at the Outdoors Show at London’s ExCel Centre from 17 – 20 January 2013.
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Britain’s Ramblers are looking for walkers with a keen eye for detail to help quality-check its growing library of walking routes for independent walkers.
Ramblers volunteers across Britain have been developing walking routes as part of a new project – Ramblers Routes – which will offer walkers access to hundreds of inspiring self-led routes to enjoy with family and friends.
But a great walking route takes more than just one walker, so Ramblers are looking for regular walkers to help check routes on the ground to ensure they are interesting, easy to follow, safe and graded to the right walking ability.
Route checkers road-test the route description and map for each walk, ensure the route matches any special features – like being child or dog friendly or having easy access – and carry out a simple risk assessment.
You can check routes in your local area or in your favourite walking destinations and there are free route checking and development workshops and online training available for Ramblers members and walkers keen to get involved.
“Route checkers are a really important part of creating quality walking routes” said Ramblers Routes Project Manager Justin Bend. “Even if they have been checked by the person who developed them, routes also need to be checked thoroughly and risk-assessed by a different person.”
“All our routes will have the Ramblers quality stamp, meaning walkers can enjoy them with confidence” adds Justin. “We also want to make sure the routes are appealing and attractive, so it’s always good to have a fresh eye on something.”
Find out more about checking or developing routes by watching the Ramblers Routes video or register as a route checker for the opportunity to improve and expand your existing walking skills.
Ramblers have also proposed a fantastic future for England’s National Trails with its new vision document National Trails: a fantastic future. Creating a charitable National Trails Trust is the best way to support, develop and promote the 13 National Trails in England and ensure they reach their full potential, with Local Trail Trusts to help manage the trails on the ground. The government currently plans to hand over responsibility for the trails to hard-pressed local authorities and voluntary groups, but without a national champion there is a real threat the quality of these long-distance walking routes could seriously decline. You can show your support by donating to our National Trails Appeal to help continue campaigning to secure the long-term future of Britain’s most treasured walking routes for generations of walkers to come.