Kent Ramblers

75 Years Working for Walkers

National Anniversary Site

 

 

The Ramblers' Association was 75 years old in 2010.  Although Kent Area is much younger, the Association's members in Kent have much to be proud of.  The Anniversary year may be over, but our achievements remain and these pages provide more information about some of them.

Three long distance walks owe their success to major contributions from our members:

  • The Greensand Way running west to east through Surrey and Kent
  • The Wealdway running south to north through Sussex and Kent
  • Royal Military Canal Path - Kent Ramblers worked hard to promote this route and the Ramblers contributed 4000 (at 1992 prices) towards the cost of compensating landowners when the middle section was created

Our members have stepped in to save threatened paths when others have given up:

  • Paths near Capel between Folkestone and Dover
  • In 1990 the RA obtained a notable victory in the High Court against the Ministry of Defence, with KCC acting as agent, who wished to obtain closure orders on paths illegally blocked across the Lydd Ranges.  The High Court ruled in favour of the RA and awarded costs in the region of 10,000 against KCC. [read more...]
  • When the Channel Tunnel Rail Link was being planned, Ramblers' volunteers worked during the passage of the relevant Bill through Parliament to ensure that path diversions were acceptable and bridges and underpasses were provided for walkers and riders wherever necessary.  During construction they remained vigilant and acted when changes were made to the original plans.
  • In the 1990s we saw off an MOD proposal for mine-laying exercises that would have spoiled the walking experience in the wonderful Luddesdown valley through which the Wealdway passes
  • In the late 1990s North West Kent Group provided the North West Kent Countryside Project with 230 to fund footpath improvements in the Meopham area.  For some time there had been a problem with a footpath in Dean Lane but no resources were available to alleviate it.  Thanks to the Group's donation the path, FP263, received a new stile, improvements to an existing one and rustic steps down a dangerous slope.  A dog-gate was also provided.
  • Path in Ash near Dover
  • The Tale of Albans Oast
  • How to Win a Bridge.  One of our volunteers secures a bridge over a new road when Kent County Council wanted to provide a 40 minute detour alongside a busy main road.

Our volunteers have worked tirelessly to protect the footpath network for the benefit of all walkers.  You can read profiles of three of them here:

You can also read about our work to ensure that legislation on rights of way meets the needs of walkers in the following article:

In 2002 our volunteers undertook checking of the Access Land included on the provisional maps produced under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, resulting in several additions on the final version of the maps.  The Access Land is now shown on the Ordnance Survey Explorer maps.

The Greensand Way near Ide Hill

The Wealdway across Ashdown Forest

Near Luddesdown

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