Re-starting walks. We are tentatively re-starting some Group walks, in line with Ramblers’ advice, but not yet a walks programme. Details of available group walks can be found on Ramblers’ website here.
Don’t Lose Your Way. The Ramblers has launched an online tool to help identify old paths which are not on the Definitive Map. This YouTube video gives an update and explains why it is important. Click DLYW
Wimpole Hall price increase. Big price increase for parking and walking in Wimpole Estate. For more information see News.
Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood. The winner of the Ramblers’ Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood award for 2019 was announced on Wednesday 10th July – Falkirk. But listen to Jill Tuffnell on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (see link) to hear why Cambridge made it onto the shortlist of 10 out of 80 contenders.
Ramblers’ Association campaign against footpath level crossing closures. Network Rail is proposing to close 130 level crossings in East Anglia, 109 of which are part of Rights of Way. For more information see News.
Cambridge Group is part of the national Ramblers’ Association and our walks are typically in Cambridgeshire and neighbouring counties. We normally walk on most Saturdays and many Mondays – see our current Walking Programme.
Additionally, other important activities undertaken by our Group include:
- inspecting and monitoring the network of public paths in South Cambs. District and Cambridge City, reporting problems to the County Council as we find them, or as we receive reports from other walkers. (See FAQ for how to report a problem.)
- responding to suggestions for changes to the paths network, usually in the form of proposals from landowners, scrutinising Public Path Orders and objecting to them if our Committee feels they are not in the best interest of the public, and defending our case at Public Inquiries, if necessary.
- inspecting Planning Applications to make sure that developments are not detrimental to the path network. These include numerous single proposals for buildings, wind-farms, reservoirs etc., plus all the major developments that are planned or underway in our area.
- suggesting improvements to the rights of way network.
- providing input to strategic Local Plans from a walker’s perspective.
- helping local councils with footpath clearance on a voluntary basis.
Aims of The Ramblers’ Association
The RA has the following broad aims, which form the basis of its operations and actions:
- To promote walking.
- To protect, open up and develop the definitive path network in England and Wales, and path networks in Scotland.
- To secure, promote and protect responsible freedom to roam on all open country in England and Wales, and on all land in the countryside in Scotland.
- To protect the outdoor environment and maintain its long-term health and sustainability.
- To increase and extend its membership such that the RA can engage with, and represent, all sectors of society.
One Coast For All – Campaign for the English Coastal Path
Our coastal campaign (previously known as “Coast for Most” and “Claim the Coast”) has a new name and logo – “One Coast For All – Campaign for the English Coastal Path”. As part of the red tape challenge, the Government announced proposals that could dampen the dream of a route around England’s coast. We have launched a petition to call on the Government to fulfil its duty to create a proper coastal path (with sea views and “spreading room” in case of erosion) sooner rather than later. We are hoping to get 10,000 people to sign it, if you have not already, please sign the petition now. Click on the link below: