Walking in the Essex Area
Essex Area Ramblers was formed in 1984. The Essex Area offers some of East of England's most beautiful country and coastal walks that are easy to get to. There are 19 Ramblers Groups in the Essex Area, which cover parts of North London as well as the county.
Each group organises one or more walks every week and these can be between 5 - 12miles, circular, linear or a figure of 8. Some groups organise walking weekends and walking holidays, at home and abroad. They also organise footpath clearing, stile and bridge building and way marking. The three Friends of Essex are shorter, 3 - 5 miles, walk groups.
A group walk is great way to get some exercise in a sociable and leisurely paced atmosphere. Come and join one of the Group's walks and see what it is all about. You are welcome to attend up to three walks before joining the Ramblers. Once a member you can walk with any group in the country, receive discounts at outdoor shops, and help Ramblers defend Britain's unique rights of way network.
About Essex Area Ramblers
Essex Area is one of 59 similar county organisations across the country which operates between Ramblers Central Office and local Ramblers groups.At this time there are about 4800 members split among the 19 groups, which organise walk programmes, social events and walking holidays. There are three Friends Groups specialising in short walks, while Hike Essex is aimed at those aged 18 - 45. All groups operate their own website and these can be reached by clicking the links on the Area or Shorter Walks Groups list on this page.
One of the Area's functions is to distribute to members local ramblers' news together with that from Ramblers Central Office. The Area coordinates all requests for diversions and extinguishment of footpaths and planning issues involved with these. It also acts in conjunction with groups on any public inquires they may arise from these. The reporting of footpath problems, following this up and working to clear these, is another element of the work involved in ensuring paths are kept open. It also works closely with local politicians at all levels, County Council Footpath Offices and other organisations such as Network Rail, Department.of Transport and Natural England to safeguard and improve the path network.
The object over the next few years is to move towards embracing all elements of social media and computer technology to improve communication with existing members and reach out to new ones. Our aim is to provide walking as a means of enjoyment, exercise and social contact. We are also committed to ensuring new members are welcome and helped to find the right group for them.