When are the BBC Countryfile Rambles taking place?
This year’s Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018. 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.
How to join a BBC Countryfile presenter Ramble
Apply to join a Countryfile presenter led Ramble for Children in Need – or organise your own! Credit: BBC Images
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.
Ellie Harrison, Anita Rani, Adam Henson, John Craven, and Steve Brown will each lead very special Rambles with a range of difficulties to suit everyone… from the very easy walk with Ellie Harrison to the more challenging hike with Anita Rani. These Rambles will take place across the UK and will showcase some of the best British landscapes from city scene to mountain views; country park to dark skies and will be filmed as part of a Countryfile Special to be shown later in the year.
Ellie Harrison (above) heads to waterfall country for this year’s Countryfile Children in Need Ramble/Credit: BBC Images
Ellie Harrison heads to Cambridgeshire to lead an easy 3.1 mile Ramble through the city of Ely.
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John Craven and Steve Brown’s Padarn Country Park, Wales Ramble – Saturday 6th October
John Craven leading last year’s Countryfile Children in Need Ramble/Credit: BBC Images
John Craven and Steve Brown join forces to lead a Ramble in Padarn Country Park in North Wales.
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Adam Henson, Galloway Forest Park, Scotland – Saturday 6th October
Starting off late afternoon, Adam Henson leads an easy 3.1 mile Ramble through the spectacular Galloway Forest Park.
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Anita Rani Mourne Mountain Ramble, Northern Ireland – Saturday 6th October
Anita Rani Countryfile Children in Need Ramble 2016/Credit: BBC Images
Anita Rani will be leading a more challenging Ramble in the spectacular Mourne mountains. This 4.1 mile walk will take in Hare’s Gap is dramatic mountain pass.
Apply to join Anita’s Ramble
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 Ordnance Survey. Alternatively, get the OS 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:
Walk: Sugar Loaf Mountain, Monmouthshire
Enjoy glorious views from the summit of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Monmouthshire/Credit: Getty
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
Walk: Howgill Fells, Cumbria
Sedbergh sits beneath the Howgill Fells in the Yorkshire Dales ©Getty
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
Walk: Cnicht, Snowdonia
The view across the Afon Glaslyn river to Cnicht and the Moelwynion mountains, Snowdonia ©Alamy
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