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Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area

The Ramblers

The Ramblers is Britain's walking charity, working to safeguard the footpaths, the countryside and other places we go walking, and to encourage more people to take up walking. With 119,000 members in England, Scotland and Wales, we've been working for walkers for 76 years.

Our Area

The Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex Area of the Ramblers is the co-ordinating body for a 10 of the Ramblers local groups on the left of this article and the information on this website is intended primarily for administrative use by the local groups, their committees and volunteers.

New to the Ramblers?

You'll get a warm welcome at each of the local groups. Just have a look at the list of upcoming walks in the area. Once you have walked two or three times with any of the groups, you will be expected to join the Ramblers.

The History of the Ramblers

Here's a short film giving the background to the Ramblers and Ramblers Association.

 

Join the Ramblers

As a Ramblers Member you can:

ramblers    be part of Britain’s biggest walking charity
ramblers   join a community of over 115,000 members
ramblers    enjoy a wide range of membership benefits
ramblers     choose from 38,000 led walks a year across England, Scotland and Wales
ramblers   help us continue our charitable work to protect Britain’s footpaths and promote walking

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Ramblers Walk Magazine

  • Medal Routes project marks 100 days to Commonwealth Games

    Three new walking maps for Aberdeen were officially launched at Robert Gordon University (RGU) this week as part of Ramblers Scotland’s Medal Routes project to mark the countdown to the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    Members of the local community, university students and staff and public health employees joined together at the university’s Garthdee campus to officially launch the new maps on Monday 14 April, exactly 100 days before the Games.

    The maps feature short circular walking routes – Medal Routes – which start and finish at newly appointed walking ‘hubs’ – Marischal College, Aberdeen Sports Village and RGU: SPORT (part of the RGU campus).

    The Medal Routes project is helping to deliver a physical activity legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by encouraging individuals and communities throughout Scotland to become more active.

    Medal Routes are developed by identifying a walking ‘hub’ (such as a sports centre or community centre) and creating short circular routes of approximately 15, 30 and 60 minutes long - Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal Routes - starting and finishing at the hub.

    “As a Games legacy project, Medal Routes provides encouragement for people to go for regular walks and we are pleased to launch three new walking maps in Aberdeen exactly 100 days before the Commonwealth Games begin,” said Rob Burns, Medal Routes Project Officer for Ramblers Scotland.

    “We now have over 250 Medal Routes from almost 90 hubs throughout Scotland. Each route uses paths within local communities that many people don’t even know exist,” added Rob. “By walking for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week, people can watch the Commonwealth Games knowing that they are on the road to fitness too.”

    The Medal Routes at RGU: Sport were mapped out by students and are part of the university’s plans to create a publically accessible network of pathways on campus, linking with other paths in Aberdeen as the council continues its programme to make Aberdeen a more active city.

    “These new walking routes provide the ideal opportunity for folk to get out-and-about, enjoy some fresh air, take in the scenery, and learn about the local history while getting fitter” said Councillor Jenny Laing.

    Aberdeen is one of many new Medal Routes locations and to celebrate, Ramblers Scotland is giving residents the chance to win an iPad Mini. To enter the competition simply try out a Medal Route walk in Aberdeen and let us know how you get on by completing a short survey.

    There are also lots of opportunities to get involved with the Medal Routes project from helping to promote routes to identifying new ones. Find out more about volunteering opportunities.

    The Medal Routes project in Aberdeen was supported by Aberdeen City Council, Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen Sports Village.

  • Easter on foot

    We’ve put together some ideas for a walking-packed Easter break, from joining an outing with one of our local groups to organising your own adventures with family and friends.

    Hit the trail with Ramblers Routes

    Our online library of downloadable walking routes has over 1700 routes with something for all ages, abilities and interests. If you’re planning a family walk with little ones over Easter why not take a look at our pushchair-friendly and child-friendly routes.

    Devise a walking route

    If you like sharing your favourite places to go walking why not make the most of the Easter break to create a walking route to add to our online library or road test a route created by one of our volunteers. With our new route wizard it’s now even easier to get involved.

    Join a Ramblers group walk

    Our local groups are running over 380 walks from 18-21 April including a day’s walk on Dartmoor with the East Devon Ramblers (with hot cross buns to start the day), a hill walk with the Linlithgow Ramblers in the Scottish Borders and a rail ramble to Chirk with the Glamorgan Ramblers.

    Help launch the John Muir Way

    Ramblers groups in Scotland will be leading walks along the John Muir Way, a new long distance route running from Dunbar to Helensburgh, from 21-26 April. Join the North Berwick Ramblers on Easter Monday for the first stage from Dunbar to North Berwick.

    Tackle a long-distance route

    With four days to enjoy over Easter it’s a good opportunity to explore one of the 15 National Trails in England and Wales or the 25 Scotland’s Great Trails. Some of the routes will take you more than a long weekend to cover on foot but you could tackle a few sections.

    Get away from it all

    Some of the best places for walking can be remote, but that’s where well-placed accommodation comes in handy. We picked some of the best youth hostels for going walking in the latest edition of Walk magazine and you can find out more about walker-friendly places to stay this Easter.

    Take your camera on the trail

    April is a great time of year for photography as the countryside blooms with flowers and wildlife and we start to benefit from British Summer Time. You don’t need to be an expert or have an expensive camera to get snapping, a smartphone will still capture some lovely Easter memories.

    Go in search of bluebells

    Britain is blessed with around half of the world's bluebell woods and April is one of the best months to go looking for them, especially in the south. If you go in search of bluebells over Easter take a look at the Woodland Trust’s website which has lots of information on where to find them.

    Refresh your map collection

    If your plans for a walk are thwarted by bad weather you could take the opportunity to go through your maps and see which ones need replacing. Ordnance Survey are offering a map trade-in scheme until the end of April so you’ll have just enough time to return any old ones you want to upgrade.

    Give your boots some love

    It’s easy to forget about your footwear when you come back from a walk but with plenty of wet weather so far this year it’s still muddy underfoot in many places so don’t forget to clean and dry your boots properly after you Easter wanders.