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  1. The Ramblers Festival Of Winter Walks

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    For over 25 years, through snow, sleet, rain and under clear winter skies; in parks, forests and on mountain tops, the footsteps of thousands have dotted the countryside each year as family, friends and avid walkers step out to enjoy the Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks.

    This year, the Ramblers is once again providing wintery walks for all to enjoy with two weeks of festive wanders, led by volunteers, from 21 December 2013 – 5 January 2014. It’ll be here before you know it, so why not bag a winter warmer now? Baselayers, mid layers, softshells and other outer layers, hats, gloves and socks will ensure you make the most of days out however cold it is. Whether it’s a merry jaunt to the pub on Christmas Eve you’re after, a festive Boxing day walk to burn off the mince pies, or a lengthy hike to start the new year on the right foot, there are hundreds of free walks to suit everyone across England, Scotland and Wales with the Festival of Winter Walks.

    Ramblers chief executive Benedict Southworth said, “There is something wonderful about walking over the festive season; the company of family and friends, exploring beautiful winter landscapes under clear skies or the fun of being the first to make tracks in the snow, all of these things make getting out and about at this time of year even more of an adventure. Our Festival of Winter Walks is as popular as ever after 25 years. So, put on your winter coats, wrap up warm and join us again as we head out to enjoy the season the way we know best, on our feet.”

    This year for the first time ever you can also download one of their expert walking routes from Ramblers Routes to try on your own or with friends and family this winter, visit for info.


    For more information on the Festival of Winter Walks and to browse the festive walks on offer visit


  2. Winter Walks Festival With The Ramblers

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    Join one of hundreds of walks with the Ramblers this holiday season as part of the ever popular Festival of Winter Walks. This year there will be more choice than ever as the festival expands to include over three weeks of events across England, Scotland and Wales, with walks starting in the build up to Christmas and marching right into the New Year.

    Ramblers’ volunteers put on these walks to make the most of the wonderful winter scenery on offer in Britain and there is an open invite for anyone to join in, share their love for walking and discover the benefits of being outdoors as you walk with the Ramblers into the new year.

    Simon Barnett, Director of Walking Programmes and Promotions at the Ramblers said, “With hundreds of walks led by experienced volunteers exploring the best of the winter scenery, there’s no reason to stay indoors this winter. All walks are free to join and there will be something to suit everyone, so find a walk near you and join the Ramblers with this inexpensive, fun and social way to enjoy the festive season.”

    From short festive walks to sup on mulled wine in cosy pubs, festive wintry jaunts and heartier rambles to explore crisp frosted landscapes, there will be plenty on offer for you, your family and friends to enjoy. Walks are already lining up and there will be more uploaded every day as the festive season gets closer. Just a few of the walks on offer include:

    England: Join a Christmas Day walk in Welwyn, Hertfordshire with the Ivel Valley Ramblers; take the chance to walk of the Christmas Day feasts with a ‘non-stop’ boxing day stroll with the Isle of Wight Ramblers or start the New Year with a ramble though Newstead Abbey grounds via the Robin Hood Way with the Rushcliffe Ramblers.

    Wales: ‘Burn off your calories for Christmas’ with Pontypool Ramblers; Join a ‘Turkey Trot’ with the Meirionnydd Ramblers; a leisurely 5 mile walk with Taff Ely Rambler sin Cardiff Bay; or walk to the top of Skirrid mountain with the Lower Wye Ramblers on the 1st day of 2013.

    Scotland: Try an easy, scenic walk from South Inch to Buckie Braes with the Perth & District Ramblers; A social walk in the run up to Christmas Day with the Strathtay Ramblers from Aberfeldy along the river and old rail track to Grandtully with a stop for warming soup or easy, festive walking with the Kirkcaldy Ramblers along the Coastal Path – where a prize will be awarded for the best decorated hat & rucksack.

    For details on specific walks or to find out more about the Festival of Winter Walks visit:

    Winter Walks Festival With The Ramblers

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