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Walking for Health gets Lottery Funds

Ramblers Walking for Health gets Lottery Funding

The Ramblers Walking for Health programme has received £275,000 National Lottery funding from Sport England.

The programme works with partners across England to help up to 80,000 less active people a year to get moving through short, regular, led group walks in their communities.

The funding from Sport England will run for 18 months from April 2019 and will allow the Ramblers to evolve the programme.  There will be new investment in data and digital platforms, support for walk leaders, and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders to explore ways to sustain the programme after September 2020.

Ramblers Walking for Health works with 370 local partner schemes including local authorities, NHS bodies, other charities and volunteers to deliver over 1,800 short weekly walks led by 8,300 trained volunteers across England.

The programme provides physical and mental well-being improvements and works to tackle inactivity amongst the least active groups, including women, older people, and those with long-term health conditions.

As well as supporting the transition to a more sustainable future, the new funding will help Ramblers Walking for Health support new schemes where there is a local need, and develop new projects in London and Manchester aimed at supporting 50 women into volunteer leadership positions with more flexible roles and development opportunities

Vanessa Griffiths, Ramblers chief executive said:

“Over the past seven years we have helped hundreds of thousands of less active people to get moving and this funding will ensure that this work can evolve. We are delighted to be working with Sport England and partners to take forward and improve this fantastic programme so that it can continue to impact on people’s lives long into the future.”

Sarah Ruane, Sport England’s strategic lead for health said:

“A large focus of Sport England’s work is helping provide more appropriate and supportive opportunities to get active for the 38% of the population who are currently not doing enough activity to benefit their health. Walking could play a major role as it is free and accessible to a large percentage of the population.

“That’s why we’re delighted to be using National Lottery funding for the development of the Ramblers Walking for Health programme which helps people who would like to walk in a group or who may need a bit of extra encouragement.

“The partnership will ensure the Ramblers Walking for Health programme can be even more targeted towards those who currently do least activity and is in a sustainable position for the future.”

The new funding from Sport England is in addition to funding of £88,870 from the Building Connections fund of the National Lottery Community Fund, to deliver Friendship Walks with people who have experienced bereavement.  That 21-month project began in January 2019 and will be delivered in parts of London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol with Cruse Bereavement Care, Ramblers Walking for Health schemes, Ramblers groups and other local partners.

Ramblers Walking for Health is England’s largest programme of health walks. Brisk walking counts towards the 150 minutes moderate activity that we all need to do each week to stay active.  The benefits of regular walking for people who are not sufficiently active are huge including longer lives, less coronary heart disease and stroke, fewer colon and breast cancers, few hip fractures as they age, reduced risk of dementia, reduced risk of depression, less stress and better sleep, and improved mental sharpness and memory.


London Blind Rambling Club!

London Blind Rambling Club!


Hello everyone and welcome to the 2017 Walk Programme.

My aim as walks organiser is to encourage as many visually impaired people as possible to join in with the planned walking activities of this Club. The average walk is 6 to 9 miles. Each walk is led (apart from the odd exception) by Rambling Association groups in their individual areas. One to one guiding (if needed) is usually available by these groups members. Please be sure to walk behind the leader of the walk.

Membership is ten pounds a year and can be paid on your first walk to the secretary.

Members receive up to 50% concession on return fares from the meeting place to each walks starting point.

It is recommended to wear comfortable, but suitable footwear, and to bring a packed lunch to go with a drink at the lunch-time pub or picnic stop.

Walks Organiser:  Valerie Clark  Tel: 020 8868 0096.    Email: valerie@clark.co.uk


when booking a place on a walk please email: valerie@clark.co.uk or telephone 020 8868 0096, if possible, on the Thursday prior to the walk so we can let the Rambling Group know how many members will be attending the walk. Places to those wishing to bring a guide dog will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Any Member arriving late and missing the appointed train cannot expect the host Rambling Group to wait beyond the planned starting time of the walk. Therefore, it is unreasonable for any Member to ring our co-ordinator to ask them to wait behind for a later train.

The Club has arranged Third Party Public Liability Insurance.

All sporting and rambling activities have inherent hazards. The safety of members being the paramount concern, accidents may occasionally occur. Therefore, it is important that when on rambles each member appreciates that they have a responsibility to identify the hazards and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimize the potential for an accident to arise.

Guide Dog owners are responsible for the care and control of their own dog. The Club is not liable for any problem or accident that their dog may cause. In the event of any claim, the guide dog owner must refer the matter to the Guide Dogs Association who have Insurance to cover such an event.

Walks Organiser:  Valerie Clark,  Tel: 020 8868 0096.        Email: valerie@clark.co.uk

Secretary:  Maria Foster,  Tel: 020 8427 1737.     Email: maria@fosterpianos.co.uk