The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need: when is it taking place and how to get involved

This year's Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need is taking place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October. Here is your essential Countryfile Ramble guide, plus a selection of routes to help you plan your own walk.

 

5th October 2017
Countryfile Ramble

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

Countryfile presenters Ramble Children in Need

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

Matt Baker Children in Need Countryfile Ramble
Matt Baker during last year's Children in Need Countryfile Ramble/Credit: BBC Images

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

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’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

John Craven Countryfile
John Craven leading last year's Countryfile Children in Need Ramble/Credit: BBC Images

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

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

Anita Rani Countryfile Children in Need Ramble 2016
Anita Rani Countryfile Children in Need Ramble 2016/Credit: BBC Images

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.

Keep up-to-date with the latest presenter columns and articles here

Here’s our step-by-step guide to organising your own ramble

1. Plot your route

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Head over to our Viewranger page to find our selection of plotted routes or see our walks section

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.

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

 

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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