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The Ramblers Association is a registered charity (England & Wales no 1093577, Scotland
no SC039799) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales
(no 4458492.) Registered office: 2nd Floor, Camelford House, 87-
The Ramblers has changed a lot since the early days. Now it has a vibrant community at local levels with different walking groups targeting age groups from 20 to 80 (plus!). We are also offer walks of differing difficulty to all age categories.
If want to come out walking with us you just have to pick a group and turn up at a meeting point. If you have any questions the walk leaders contact details can usually be found alongside the walk details.
So long as you exercise a little common sense walking is not one of those activities that requires substantial preparation. If you have waterproofs and sturdy shoes you are usually ready to go out. Longer and more challenging walks sometimes require more equipment and food -
Click here to find a local walking group to try out. It doesn’t cost anything to try and everyone will welcome you.
We promote walking, protect local rights of way and campaign for access to open countryside.
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 120,000 members in England, Scotland and Wales, the Ramblers has been working for walkers for 75 years.
We want Britain to be a place where people choose to go walking, and where it’s easy and enjoyable to do so. Avon Area Ramblers works towards achieving these goals in the locality of Bristol and Bath.
According to Britan’s most comprehensive survey of sport and recreation participation, 9.1million adults in England, or 22% of the population, walk recreationally for at least 30 minutes in four weeks. This is almost twice the number that swim (5.6million, 13.4%), more than twice the number that go to the gym (4.5million, 10.7%) and nearly three times the number that cycle (3.5million, 8.5%) (Sport England 2009).
Walking is the joint most popular activity (along with eating out) for people taking days out in England, and the most important reason for 18% of the 3.6 billion trips per year. It is the main activity on 36% of countryside and 33% of seaside visits (Natural England 2006).
Leisure walking is enjoyed almost equally by both men and women. Fractionally more men walk than women: in England, 22.7% of men walk for at least 30 minutes in four weeks but only 21.2% of women. These figures should be compared with overall participation rates in sport in England: around 20% for men but under 13% for women (Sport England 2009).