Ramblers in the UK promotes walking in the countryside, protects rights of way, campaigns for access to open country and defends the beauty of the countryside. This it has been doing over the past 70 years. It is a charity and receives no government funding, which means that members subscriptions are essential if this work is to continue. The walks arranged by the various rambling groups are done on a purely voluntary basis.Besides the help a subscription to Ramblers brings, other reasons for joining Ramblers are:
- to take part in planned walks in the countryside, discover new places and share the enjoyment of the experience with others,
- to have the opportunity to make new friends while on the walks,
- to get plenty of exercise in pleasant surroundings and so improve one's fitness. Those with with obesity problems should not be put off walking with the Ramblers to lose weight, hopefully in a friendly atmosphere. However, for the benefit of all, it is recommended that they choose walks with little uphill walking (luw) to improve their fitness first, before going on to harder walks.
Penrith Group Catchment Area
The Penrith Group is in the Lake District Area of Ramblers, (refence LD5), and its membership is taken from a catchment area stretching from Ullswater through the Eden Valley to the Pennines and includes Alston, Appleby, Brough, Dufton, Kirkby Stephen, Kirkoswald, Penrith, Shap and Tebay. It does not include Armathwaite or Ivegill, which are in the Carlisle catchment area. The post codes of the catchment area for the Penrith Group start with CA9, CA10, CA11, CA16 and CA17.
(If you live outside the catchment area and wish to belong to the Penrith Group, you need to indicate this, when you join Ramblers.) The walks put on by the group range well beyond the catchment area, stretching throughout Cumbria and into Durham, Northumberland, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Southern Scotland. Weekend trips to Central Scotland have been arranged in the past.
The Penrith Group
The Penrith Group is an active group in the Lake District area of Ramblers, leading over 6 walks per week in the summer months and about 5 walks per week during the rest of the year. Despite being centred on a fairly small town, the group has about 70% more members and carries out more walks than the Carlisle group, which is centred on Carlisle city with a much larger population some 17 miles to the north. The group holds most walks on Wednesdays, when 4 and sometimes 5 walks are held, with one walk on a Saturday. In the summer, walks are held on a Thursday evening and some special 'theme' walks are held on a Sunday. Active walkers in the group tend to associate with a particular walking party, based on friendship groupings and walking ability, though some members do swop between walking parties.
Besides leading walks, the group is involved with investigating routes for new and existing paths and reporting obstructions to paths in the area. It also holds social events, such as lunches/dinners and walking trips in other areas of the country . As you might expect there are many members who work with little publicity behind the scenes, helping with social events, doing the administration, making policy decisions and helping to publicise the group, e.g. writing articles in the local press and even running this website.
The Ramblers' Association is a registered charity (England & Wales no 1093577, Scotland no SC039799) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales (no 4458492). Registered office: 2nd floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW