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March 26, 2013


Ramblers’ groups are very good at organising walks.  They lead more than 38,000 walks a year.  They are outstanding at meeting one of the Ramblers‘  aims, promoting walking. 

They tend though to see the led walks as separate from the other aims, of campaigning for public paths and access and protecting the beauty of the countryside, whereas our goals are interconnected.  Ramblers are far too shy about telling people of the good work they do.

Made a difference
Ideally, I believe a Ramblers’ walks programme should include a mix of visits to sites where the Ramblers have made a difference.  We should show our members where we have lobbied for a new footbridge, cleared a blocked or overgrown path, banged in some waymarks or prevented an unpleasant diversion—all to make things better for the public.

We should show them too where there is a battle still to be fought, where the way is unfriendly or…

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