Welcome to the website of the Leicestershire and Rutland Area of the Ramblers' Association
The Ramblers is a charity whose core work is to safeguard the places people want to go walking and encourage them to do so — from gentle strolls to challenging hikes, whether in towns or countryside.
This Area is made up of seven geographically based local groups covering Rutland and different parts of Leicestershire and has one area-wide group targeted at people 20 to 40 years old with social activities appropriate to that age group (see links to individual group websites)
The local groups put on about 1000 walks each year some locally and some further afield, and there are walks for all ages and levels of fitness. There is a mix of weekend walks, midweek evening walks and some daytime walks including Walking for Health programmes.
The Area co-ordinates the group activities and provides the link between them and the national organisation and campaigns on behalf of the members as a whole and indeed all those in the country who like to walk for whatever reason.
We keep an eye on footpath problems and report any to the County Councils and assist the councils in the devising and promotion of walks in the area.
Members of the Area committee serve on numerous other bodies, promoting the cause of the walking community. These include the National Forest Access & Recreation Group, the Leicestershire Parks, Open Spaces and Countryside Group, the Leicestershire Local Access Forum, the Leicester City Local Access Forum, the Charnwood Forest Regional Park Steering Group, the Local Nature Partnership and the Landscape Partnership Board. It is this campaigning and reporting role that earns us our status as a charity.
When you decide to join, you’ll be given a selection of groups you may wish to choose from based on your postcode but you can just be a member of the Area. You can opt for your local group or another group if you prefer. Choosing a group doesn’t stop you from walking with other groups nearby or further afield and you can change your group at any time.