The Preston Ramblers

The Ramblers' Association is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales.
Company registration no. 4458492.
Registered charity, England & Wales no. 1093577, Scotland no. SC039799.
Registered office:
2nd Floor
Camelford House
87-90 Albert Embankment

Preston Ramblers - About Us

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We are the Preston Ramblers members of the national Ramblers Association. The Ramblers is Britain's biggest charity comprising a network of approximately 57 Areas and 500 groups in England, Scotland and Wales, organised in the main on a geographical basis, and with around 135,000 members. Since it was established in 1935 it has had a proud record of making Britain a better place for all walkers. Since its inception volunteers from the local groups have been key to its successes and without whom it would have ceased to function. More about the work of The Ramblers and a video about “The History of The Ramblers” is available on the “About Us” Ramblers central web page.

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The local Preston Ramblers, one of several local groups in the Mid Lancashire area, held its first committee meeting on 26th April 1979. It now has approximately 170 members and is dedicated to developing and maintaining the Public Right of Way network and promoting the aims of The Ramblers within Preston and Fullwood and in the parishes of Barton, Broughton,  Goosnargh, Grimsargh, Haighton, Lea, Whittingham and Woodplumpton.  Working hard to keep the footpath network clear, we liaise with all interested agencies within the area and works directly with Rights of Way Officers to ensure footpath obstruction and diversion orders are dealt with swiftly and to the benefit of the general public and walkers alike. Some of the activities include the following.

  • Reporting footpath problems to local authorities and monitoring progress and any action taken
  • Commenting on proposals to close, divert and create paths
  • Looking for opportunities to extend the footpath network
  • Comment on local authority plans/strategies where they refer to walking, e.g. Rights of Way Improvement Plans
  • Collecting evidence for the addition of paths to the definitive map and defend the status of existing recorded paths
  • Attending public inquiries either to present the Ramblers´ case or represent its interests
  • Checking proofs of OS Explorer maps
  • Organising regular footpath surveys
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The footpath surveys are carried out by local volunteers to investigate the current state of the rights of way network, nevertheless if you find a problem with a footpath in our area please report it to us via our “Report a Footpath Problem” page so that we can take appropriate action.

We also organise led walks. These are not limited to just the Preston area but are generally organised in and around Lancashire, e.g. the valleys of the Ribble & the Lune, the Forest of Bowland, etc. and now and again we venture further afield into the Lakes and West Yorkshire. If you wish to join the Ramblers, the local group with which you are registered will be determined by your Post Code unless you wish to specify a particular local group preference.

Much of the organisation of the Preston Ramblers is accomplished by volunteers some of whom form the committee.

Current Committee Members
Role Name
Chairperson Brian Dearnaley
Vice-Chairperson Vacant
Area Council Representative Vacant
Secretary Peter Swain
Treasurer Barry Rutlidge
Footpath Secretary Brian Dearnaley
Joe Howard (assistant)
Countryside Officer (Planning Applications) Joe Howard
Minutes Secretary Marie Howard
Publicity Secretary Eileen Dearnaley
Newsletter Editor Vacant
Walks Co-coordinator Peter Swain
Web-site Editor Peter Swain
Membership Secretary Kath Finlayson
Committee Member Sandra Scanlan

{updated November 23, 2014}