Join us, say the Bristol Ramblers

February 01 2018

If you enjoy walking for leisure and exercise, and you would like to walk with other people led by an experienced leader, then you might consider walking with Bristol Ramblers.

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If you enjoy walking for leisure and exercise, and you would like to walk with other people led by an experienced leader, then you might consider walking with Bristol Ramblers. 

One of the largest walking groups in the country, Bristol Ramblers was founded in 1979 and has around 800 members. It is part of ‘The Ramblers’, a national walking organisation. The number of walkers on these walks is usually between 10 and 20. Bristol Ramblers provides about 300 walks a year, all with a leader. Many are on Sundays, but there are also Saturday and midweek walks, and evening walks in summer. Walks vary from a few miles over flat terrain to 15 miles of hard hillwalking in the Brecon Beacons, and there are also some town walks. Although to become a regular walker with the group you would need to join The Ramblers, you are welcome to come on three walks at no cost and no commitment. So, if you are interested, take a look at our programme on http://www.bristolramblers.org.uk/.

Day walks are often outside Bristol and sometimes as far afield as South Wales, Exmoor, and the Cotswolds, but you do not have to be a car owner to enjoy these walks as there is a central meeting point in Bristol, where car-sharing is organised. Sometimes public transport is used, but this is often not feasible, and a couple of times a year coach trips are arranged. Bristol Ramblers also organises holidays ranging from long weekends to whole weeks away, usually in Britain, but occasionally abroad.

Recently a group of walkers enjoyed a five-mile walk from Downend to Fishponds, passing through the Leap Valley and along lanes to join the Frome Valley Walkway, before following the river past Frenchay Common and Oldbury Court Park to Fishponds.

Bristol Ramblers is not only about organising and leading walks. We put a lot of effort into improving footpaths and developing walking routes in Bristol and further afield. In addition, Bristol Ramblers is involved in campaigning for improved parks and open spaces in Bristol. 

Take a look at the Bristol Ramblers website http://www.bristolramblers.org.uk/ or contact Carew at  secretary@bristolramblers.org.uk.