The Ramblers inspires people in SW to Walk About

The Ramblers is reminding people in the South West to step out for Walk About this September - its biggest ever free nationwide walking event, offering a walk to suit everyone.

The festival takes place from Saturday 3 September until Sunday 11 September. With over a thousand walks all over Britain, and 150 in the South West, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – from a short stroll in the park to a challenging hike up a mountain.

During the festival, people in the South West can enjoy the following group-led walks:

The Lizard

Date: Saturday 10 September 2016

Start time: 10.30am

Distance: 9 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: Step out with the West Cornwall Ramblers for this circular walk, which includes both coastal and inland walking. You’ll visit Lizard Point, Kynance Cove and Cadgwith.

Starting point: Lizard Green (nearest postcode TR12 7NH)

Group: West Cornwall Ramblers

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?wal...

Crantock, Fistral and Gannel Estuary

Date: Wednesday 7 September 2016

Start time: 10.30am

Distance: 7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: This walk includes a ferry across the Gannel, meandering along the zig zag path to Pentire and the coast path to Towan Head. You’ll return along the estuary. Enjoy good paths, beach walking and treading across the dunes.

Starting point: Crantock National Trust car park

Group: Plymouth Ramblers

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?wal...

Dunmere

Date: Sunday 4 September 2016    

Start time: 10.30am

Distance: 11 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: Enjoy this walk along the Camel Trail, passing through Clerkenwater, Holton, Helland and Penhargard. Bring food and drink with you.

Starting point: Camel Trail car park, behind Borough Arms car park, Dunmere

Group: Caradon Ramblers

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?wal...

A Modbury Meander

Date: Sunday 4 September 2016

Start time: 10am

Distance: 7 miles

Difficulty: Leisurely

Description: Enjoy a walk through Modbury onto fields, along lanes and down footpaths to Butland and back. This may be a leisurely walk but it offers up some lovely views.

Starting point: Top of Brownstone Street, Modbury

Group: Plymouth Ramblers

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?wal...

The Black Lane to Red Lake

Date: Sunday 4 September 2016

Start time: 10am

Distance: 13

Difficulty: Strenuous

Description: Enjoy a yomp across the moors on this strenuous walk with the Moorland Ramblers. You’ll head across rough moorland terrain over southern Dartmoor, including Ter Hill, Childe’s Tombe, Black Lane peat pass, Red Lake, Snowdon and Ryder’s Hill.

Starting point: Combestone Tor car park on Hexworthy Road

Group: Moorland Ramblers

 

Highbridge, Rivers Brue and Parrot

Date: Sunday 4 September 2016

Start time: 10am

Distance: 5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This lovely walk takes in Alstone and Huntspill, following a path around the coast, with the chance to spot wildlife along the way. There will be a coffee and snack stop.

Starting point: Car park in Bank Street, Highbridge

Group: Woodspring Ramblers

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?wal...

 

Priddy

Date: Sunday 4 September 2016

Start time: 9.30am

Distance: 12 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: This walk in the Mendips offers up fantastic views of Glastonbury and Wells. Walking efforts will be rewarded with an ice cream stop at Wookey Hole.

Starting point: Priddy, Wells (nearest postcode BA5 3BE)

Group: Severnside Ramblers

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?wal...

 

Salisbury

Date: Saturday 10 September 2016

Start time: 10am

Distance: 11 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: This lovely walk goes via Pitton, with pretty views across the downs. There will be a coffee stop in the ruins of Clarendon Palace.

Starting point: Meet and park in the Petersfinger Park and Ride car park on the A36 as you approach Salisbury

Group: Eastleigh Ramblers

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?wal...

 

Purbeck coastal walk

Date: Wednesday 7 September 2016

Start time: 10am

Distance: 9 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Description: Tread along the Purbeck coast via Houns Tout. Stop to enjoy a picnic lunch on Kimmeridge Ledges. Although there are hills to climb, you’ll be rewarded with lovely views.

Starting point: Sheep’s Pen car park, 1 mile south west of Kingston

Group: East Dorset Ramblers

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?wal...

 

For those who prefer to walk alone, or lead their own walks, the Ramblers has picked its favourite routes in the South West, available from Ramblers Routes, an online library of Britain’s best walks:

 

Bedruthan, Cornwall

Length: 10.7 miles

Walking time: 5 hours 30 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

Starting point: Mawgan Porth Beach

Description: This linear walk takes you past seven perfect sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs with distinctive marine flora. Long stretches of this exceptionally beautiful coast remain wild and unspoilt and you’ll be treated to picture-postcard coves.

www.ramblers.org.uk/Bedruthan

A tourist’s view of Bristol

Length: 2.8 miles

Walking time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Starting point: YHA Bristol (nearest postcode BS1 4QA)

Description: This short route is designed to include most of Bristol’s top tourist attractions, also showcasing some of the most interesting buildings in the city.

www.ramblers.org.uk/route-detail?routeuid=8616-YHA-Bristol-A-Tourists-Vi...

 

Bowerman's Nose, Devon

Length: 10 miles

Walking time: 5 hours 30 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

Starting point: Widecombe-in-the-Moor village green

Description: An open, gently undulating walk on moorland, including a stretch of the Two Moors Way, as well as pastures, quiet country lanes and a few short steep ascents. The route also passes prehistoric hut circles, menhirs and stone rows.

www.ramblers.org.uk/bowerman

There will also be a special event at Lydiard Park in Swindon on Saturday 3 September for everyone to enjoy, where there will be a whole host of walking activities on offer.

The Ramblers has also launched a free online tracker that allows people to log their walking activity and make the most of everything the festival has to offer.

The Ramblers director of walking development, Simon Barnett said: “We all know walking can do wonders for our wellbeing, which is why we want to get the nation on its feet with our biggest free walking festival to date. Walking is good for our health and our minds and we want everyone to be able to experience the many benefits and joys it can bring.

“We want to encourage people to get more active, which is why we’ve introduced our new online tracker, which allows people to log all their walking activity and monitor their progress. It’s a great way to build up activity levels and stay motivated.”

Designed to suit both the seasoned walker and someone taking their first steps, there are lots of badges and rewards for walking regularly, completing long distances and reaching particular milestones. For example it could be for walking every day in a month or completing the equivalent of the length of the Cotswold Way.

Anyone can take part by visiting www.Ramblers.org.uk/walkabout and starting to log their walking trips – whether short or long, in the town or the countryside, alone or with friends.

Simon added: “We’re hoping the online element of Walk About will encourage people in the South West to walk more so we can create happier, healthier communities. Not only can you collect badges but there’s also a leaderboard, so people can race their friends and family to the top.

“With a walk to suit everyone, we want the nation to step out with us this September and join us as we Walk About Britain.”

Walk About is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery to help everyone, everywhere enjoy walking.

Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support the Ramblers with their exciting new walking festival, which we know will help thousands of people discover the joys of walking.”