Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need: when is it taking place and how to join a presenter Ramble

This year's Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need is taking place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October. Here is your essential Countryfile Ramble guide, plus a selection of routes to help you plan your own walk.

 

10th September 2018
Countryfile Ramble

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

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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's Cathedral City Ramble – Sunday, 7th October

Ellie Harrison BBC Countryfile Ramble
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. 

Apply to join Ellie's Ramble 
 

John Craven and Steve Brown's Padarn Country Park, Wales Ramble – Saturday 6th October

John Craven Countryfile
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. 

Apply to join John and Steve's Ramble

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.

Apply to join Adam's Ramble 

Anita Rani Mourne Mountain Ramble, Northern Ireland – Saturday 6th October

Anita Rani Countryfile Children in Need Ramble 2016
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.

4. Ramble!

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

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
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
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

 

 

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