Our friends at the Ramblers are calling upon walkers to show their support for the Your Path Awaits campaign to protect access to Britain’s most precious open spaces. Across the UK, path protectors including farmers, Ramblers’ volunteers and walkers play a vital role in keeping paths open and preventing our paths from being blocked or overgrown but keeping them intact requires hard work and investment.
There are two ways you can help. You can write to your MP, asking for an Agriculture Bill that promotes public rights of way, using the Ramblers’ handy template. Alternatively, raise awareness by sharing a photo of any autumn countryside adventures you’ve had using the path network. Tell us why you love Britain’s paths and why you want to protect them via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #YourPathAwaits, as well as tagging @RamblersGB.
Top 3 YHA hostels with picturesque walking routes:
Beautifully located and with a cosy, informal feel, YHA Coniston Coppermines offers a 500ft head start on the ascent of the Old Man of Coniston. If you’re up for the challenge, scale the Old Man to enjoy incredible views from the summit. The hostel provides a great base for outdoor activity breaks and walking holidays, with splendid walks and views to enjoy.
Situated in a unique spot, 963ft up one the UK’s largest mountains, YHA Helvellyn is quite the base for those looking to enjoy an all action holiday, or equally to relax in the peace and quiet that such an area can offer. Situated near YHA Helvellyn, Lake Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District. At nine miles long, Ullswater snakes through a stunning valley of high mountains — perfect for walking lovers!
A must for dedicated walkers. This former quarry workers’ house, at the summit of Honister Pass, is in true mountain country with easy access to England’s highest peaks. Steep valleys stretch down from the mountains to Derwentwater to create a beautiful and distinctive landscape.