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Ramblers in London get up to lots of activities. Check out the individual groups' sites to see what they are up to.

You can see some of what we're up to on Twitter on the side of this page and the articles, below give a bit more detail about what's been going on or is planned in Inner London Area.

We're delighted that our Love London Walk London campaign has been shortlisted for the Ramblers Volunteer Awards 2017 in the Innovation category.

There are three categories of awards this year - Inspiring Walkers, Innovation and Protecting and Expanding Where We Walk - and there were over 90 nominations in total.

You can vote in all of the categories here (but we hope you'll vote for Love London Walk London in Innovation).

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has published a new vision for London: A City for All Londoners.  This document outlines the capital’s top challenges and opportunities across his priority policy areas, as well as the changes that City Hall wants to deliver over the next four years.

The Mayor’s role is to steer London in the right direction as the city changes. A City for All Londoners outlines how he plans to respond positively to pressures on growth, celebrate diversity and unite through our unique culture.  It aims to ensure people from all walks of life are healthy and live well alongside each other. We want to build a city that's open to the world for business and where Londoners experience a high standard of living, fitting for the world’s greatest city.

This document sets out a direction for London, which the Mayor will later expand upon in detailed strategies, including:

  • land use and growth (the London Plan)
  • transport
  • housing
  • economic development
  • the environment
  • policing and
  • crime
  • culture
  • health inequalities 

We welcome the document and its acknowledgement of the importance of walking for transport, health and the environment in in London, and will be responding to the consultation. In particular, we are pleased by the  healthy streets and the “feet first approach” and references to protection of the greenbelt, good design in public spaces, the prioritisation of access to green space in planning, 20mph zones and neighbourhoods that are attractive and accessible.

We will also be encouraging our thousands of members and volunteers in London to respond as individuals when the consultation opens to individuals.

You can read the document and respond to the consultation here.

We're pleased to announce two more dates for our popular walk leader training in September and November.

Thinking of volunteering to lead a walk for your group? Or want to brush up on your leading skills and share your experience with other leaders?

Then join us on a free (to Ramblers members) walk leader training day organised by Inner London Ramblers – a great way to boost your confidence and improve your skills. 

The one-day course is facilitated by an experienced walk leader and trainer and includes a short demonstration walk. It covers all the basic skills of walk leading including:

  • ·       Choosing an appropriate route
  • ·       Qualities of a good walk leader
  • ·       Managing a group
  • ·       What to do before, during and after the walk
  • ·       Dealing with incidents

It’s an interactive day so be prepared to share your own experiences and insights.

Note that the course focuses on group management and walks in easy terrain, including urban areas. It doesn’t cover technical navigation skills or challenging walks in upland areas.

Saturdays 11:00-16:30 hrs:        

23 September 2017  18 November 2017

Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0SU. An excellent venue in a central location close to the Thames Path and on National Cycle Network route 4. Southwark Tube is a short walk away and London Bridge station not that much further.

Courses are open to all Ramblers members, regardless of your group, and are free, subject to availability. 

Lunch isn’t provided, so bring a packed lunch or there are shops and cafés nearby. Bring outdoor clothing and comfortable footwear for the demonstration walk.

Advance booking is essential. Book online at Eventbrite or contact chairThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

On February the 6th 2016, we held our Annual General Meeting at Bloomsbury's Conway Hall. More than forty people came to hear about what the Ramblers has been doing in London and across Britain.

We talked about how the Area is run, and how it does it's campaigning and works with other organisations on joint ones.  We elected a new committee and our representatives on the Ramblers General Council. 

Read the minute of the meeting here (pdf).

*** 28th February 2016 Update *** — Download the minutes of the meeting here (pdf).

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Inner London Area Ramblers held its AGM on Saturday 6th February at The Conway Hall in London.  The meeting approved the Accounts and the Annual Report for the year to September 2015, and elected the Committee for the Area for the forthcoming year.  The officers are now:

  • Phil Marson - Chair
  • Helen Abbott - Secretary
  • Teri Moore - Treasurer
  • Dominic Pinto - Vice Chair and Membership Officer
  • Clare Wadd - Publicity Officer
  • Des De Moor - Representative of Individual Members

Inner London is able to send three delegates to Ramblers General Council, this year in York on 2nd and 3rd April; two places were filled at the meeting, with the third place still to be filled (but some interest was expressed at the end of the meeting).

Richard MayWe were delighted to welcome Richard May from the Board of Trustees who gave us a punchy update about the year's national successes, including Big Pathwatch, which has generated a huge amount of publicity for Ramblers and engaged an enormous amount of people new to Ramblers with our work.  Richard also talked about funding from The People's Postcode Lottery, health walks and the Ramblers' governance review and took a variety of questions from the floor.

The meeting had some interesting discussions about public / private space, The Ramblers' Greater London Forum, the mayoral election campaign and collaboration with other organisations in London.

As well as some long-standing Ramblers volunteers in London, there were many present who had not attended an AGM before and who went away inspired.

The AGM was preceded by a five mile walk attended by around 30 people and taking in Regents Park, the Regents Canal and the new developments at Kings Cross, before taking the backstreets down to meeting venue in Holborn.

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