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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.

*** 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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Did you know there are more than 12,000 Ramblers members living in London.  More than 4,5000 of those are members of the Inner London Area, either directly or by virtue of their membership of our nine constituent groups.

To get an idea of what we did last year, take a look at our Annual Report (PDF).

London is an extraordinary place for walking.  Nearly half of it is green, including parks, woodland, canal and riversides, and the opportunities for exploration and historical walking are unparalleled.

Over 97% of the population walk and making walking around our city more attractive and easier is the most accessible and cost-effective way of increasing capacity on over-loaded buses and trains, while improving the physical and mental health of the population. 

The Ramblers has more than 12,000 members in London.  We are calling on the next Mayor to follow the current regime's focus on cycling by appointing a walking ambassador to promote London as a world class walking city for all.  We want the next GLA to champion the Thames Path and other routes to ensure they remain safe and open for all Londoners to walk and ensure equality of access to our amazing parks and green spaces, so that everyone has a green space close to their home.

Find out more about the Rambler's London-wide campaign for the 2016 Mayoral and GLA elections here.

Inner London Area Ramblers has backed the feasibility study into The Peckham Coal Line, a proposed elevated urban park built on disused railway coal sidings to form a natural, physical and social link between two high streets.  

The 900m-long route will run on disused coal sidings alongside the railway line through the heart of Peckham. It will complement the urban setting and frame views across London, passing through beautiful Victorian brick viaducts before dropping down to a little-used nature reserve.  It will bridge the gap in a wider network of cycling and walking greenways between Brixton and the Thames.

The Coal Line will transform walking and cycling connections around Peckham, changing the lives of residents and businesses by bridging busy roads and creating a more direct link between two high streets.

Now that funding is secured for the feasibility study, the brief will be drawn up and will go out to tender. The team behind the project hopes to have something to share by next spring.
 
In the meantime, they are hosting some events with schools, colleges and the public to feed into the feasibility study.

We are planning to include the site of the project in some upcoming walks in 2016.

Find out more about the project here.

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On the 15th of July 2015, one of the Inner London Ramblers members who sits on the national Board of Trustees, Moira Fraser, and the Ramblers' Chief Executive, Benedict Southworth, appeared on Radio 4's Today programme to talk about the Big Pathwatch.

Click here to hear what they said:

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