When are the BBC Countryfile Rambles taking place?
On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October. The Ramble will include a number of walks led by Countryfile presenters, but people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to go on their own rambles to help raise money for BBC Children in Need.
BBC Countryfile presenter rambles
The Countryfile presenters are leading the way on rambles of their own, joined by viewers and some inspirational youngsters who’ve benefited from Children in Need funding. But it’s intrepid public who are the real power behind the ramble and the TV Show is encouraging as many people as possible to join us by putting on their own sponsored rambles this same weekend.
Matt Baker’s taking on a trek across Dartmoor with 19-year-old Georgia. Georgia was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour aged 12. An operation to remove this left her in a coma for three months from which she awoke blind, mute and unable to control her body. With the help of her family and medical experts she’s fought back to make an incredible recovery. She’s aiming to walk three miles across Dartmoor – a greater distance than she’s attempted since her operation, on much tougher terrain than she’s used to.
Ellie Harrison’s heading to Wales and Brecon Beacon’s waterfall country. She’ll be joined by 17-year-old Amy who was born deaf after her mum developed toxoplasmosis during pregnancy.
John Craven’s is in Northern Ireland at Castlewellan Forest Park joined by 100 viewers and YMCA Lurgan who through Children in Need funding help youngsters
Adam Henson’s leading a mass ramble of more than 1,000 people through countryside on the edge of Bristol. He’ll be joined by the Penn family, three of whose children have the life limiting Batten Disease and are supported through Acorns hospice with the help of Children in Need funding.
Anita Rani will be walking on the golden sands of Scotland’s west coast joined by 50 members of the public and a 12-year-old, who lost his mother to cancer almost a year ago. He and his family receive support through Maggie’s Centres which provide pre and post bereavement counselling and are supported by Children in Need.
Here’s our step-by-step guide to organising your own ramble
1. Plot your route
We're excited to hear about all the weird and wonderful routes you choose to take son don't forget to tell us where you're going via our social media channels. If you're short of ideas, check out our walks section to find routes near you, or look for a range of our recent walks on ViewRanger. Alternatively, get the ViewRanger app and search "BBC Countryfile Magazine" for our full list of walks.
2. Recruit your ramblers
Good company turns a regular walk into a great walk, so bring along friends, family, pets and the rest. What will entice them to take part? Think cake at the half way point, a spectacular view or a pub stop along the way.
3. Start fundraising
Don't forget to get your friends and family to donate to Children in Need, which raises money every year to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Donations of all amounts are welcome. £20 means a 10 year old girl who normally looks after her sick mum and little sister can take a break at a summer play scheme and have fun with friends. More information and fundraising forms are available here.
Grab your walking boots and snacks and a drink and head to the hills for your ramble. Make sure you pack a picnic and plenty to drink, plus warm and wet-weather gear for the changeable British weather.
5. Photograph and video your rambles
Whether it’s the tale of your adventure or a picture of your muddy pup, we’d love to hear about your rambles. Make sure to use #CiNRamble in your social posts!
Where to walk
Explore the great British countryside on foot by searching for walking routes and trails: www.countryfile.com/walks
Here are some ideas to get you started:
In its relatively modest 596m, the summit of Sugar Loaf in the Brecon Beacons National Park encompasses much that is magical about mountains, hills and woodland – explore this wonderful Welsh peak with a five-mile circular walk
This challenging walk in the north-western corner of the Yorkshire Dales begins in the village of Sedbergh and climbs into Howgill Fells – take a break on The Calf, with staggering views west over the Cumbria landscape and east over North Yorkshire
Venture into the Moelwynion mountain range in Wales, climbing through a prehistoric landscape to the pyramidal zenith of mighty Cnicht
Search for walking routes and trails: www.countryfile.com/walks
A special extended Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need programme, featuring all of the presenter rambles will be shown on BBC One on Sunday 5th November
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