The Ramblers AssociationMilton Keynes & District Group
BREAKING NEWS – Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood Award – Vote Now
Milton Keynes is in the running for Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood 2019
Why is Milton Keynes on the shortlist?A ‘new town’ designed and developed in the 1960’s, Milton Keynes is renowned for its grid system of roundabouts. This belies a very well-connected walking network which allows residents to travel between local housing, services and shops on foot.
The central shopping area boasts shopping malls, a theatre, gallery and winter sports arena, which can all be reached by walking along the Grand Union Canal and through Campbell Park, one of Europe’s finest contemporary parks. Indeed, the Grand Union Canal weaves its way from the top to the bottom of the town, providing scenic footpaths along its stretch and connecting each area it passes through to the next.
Milton Keynes was nominated because of its fantastic variety of green spaces, ever improving standard of green infrastructure and commitment to connecting housing with local amenities. The local authority has invested in safety for pedestrians, street trees, and LED lighting.
Thanks and best regards,
Milton Keynes Ramblers
Who are we?We are a group of people who enjoy walking in the countryside. Everyone is welcome to come on our walks, whatever age or level of fitness. We are pleased to see non Ramblers Association members who are welcome to walk with us two or three times before joining the Ramblers Association (see the New Walkers page). There is also a thriving Hike MK Group aimed at those between 20 and 40 years old. Further details of their activities are available Hike MK website.
We have added a Photo Gallery to our website which will give you a better idea of the walks we do, the terrain and the scenery. For information on how to add your photos to the Gallery, go to the News page.
What do we do?We organise walks, on a regular basis, with one of our members acting as the leader. This involves providing the route, starting time and meeting place which is then published in the Walks Programme. Walk lengths vary between about 5 and 15 miles and may take place over a half-day or full day and occasional away trips are organised both in the UK and abroad. Some of our members act as local Path Checkers and assist with the Ramblers Association activities at Area and National Level. We also have occasional social events and some local cycle rides.
Where do we go?Most of our one day walks are in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire and within reasonable travelling distance from Milton Keynes. Weekend and longer walks are in other parts of the country and these often take us along the National 'long distance' footpath network.
When do we meet?Local walks are planned for Saturdays and Sundays. When we have a weekend away, there is usually a shorter local walk as well. In the summer months, we have midweek evening short walks usually starting about 6:45 pm. Away weekends are often arranged to take advantage of Public Holidays and the completion of a long distance path may well be spread over one or more years while trips abroad are usually for about a week.
MembershipWe currently have around 290 members of the Ramblers Association in the Milton Keynes Group. Numbers on walks can vary from about 8-20 for the longer or more distant walks, to 20-40 on some of the shorter local walks.
NewslettersThe walking programme is co-ordinated by the Programme Secretary and is issued 3 times a year for a period of four months based on the offers made by any member to lead a walk. The Programme of activities, together with the Newsletter, is distributed by e-mail. A few printed copies are available for those without electronic facilities. The programme of local walks to the end of the current period is shown on Walks Programme page of this web site; details of the away trips are only published in the member's copy of the programme. A copy of the recent newsletter can be downloaded from the link - latest newsletter as a PDF file (you will need Acrobat reader to view this).
Registered Charity in England and Wales number: 1093577, registered charity in Scotland number: SC039799.
Registered office: 2nd floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW.