Walkers crossing the stepping stones at Stainforth, North Yorkshire as part of a guided walk. This photo is for the Big River Ramble.

Big River Ramble

Dig out your wellies, it’s time for the Big River Ramble!

The Big River Ramble, organized by Clitheroe based environmental charity Ribble Rivers Trust, is aiming to raise awareness, and vital funds, for local rivers.

The idea is to walk 72 miles, the length of the River Ribble, over the course of April. Everyone can get involved with the fun-filled challenge, and you can use any mode of transport to take part. In fact, that’s part of the fun!

So, what is the Big River Ramble?

Rivers are for everyone, so everyone can get involved with the challenge. Whether you plan a daily stroll with a toddler in tow, blitz the whole 72 miles in one go, or jump in a kayak and go with the flow. There is no limit to where you take part either. You can walk the same daily route again and again, or mix it up and walk the whole Ribble Way. The only things that are out of bounds are diesel and petrol power (but battery power is fine!).

72 miles might seem a lot, but many of you will already cover this distance daily. It’s less than 2.5 miles a day or less than an hours walking. In fact, for the average person it’s only 5,000 to 6,000 steps.

People from a local walking group on a guided walk around Sabden, one of the routes recommended for the Big River Ramble.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, you can check out our series of guided walks. The vary in length, location, and difficulty so we’ll have something to suit everyone!

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As part of the Big River Ramble, participants will be able to download a fundraising pack, customisable and standard posters, and sponsorship form. From there they can ask their friends, family, schools, and work mates to sponsor their challenge. Remember, the more weird and wonderful your idea, the more people will want to sponsor you!

All the money raised will go straight back into protecting your local rivers and the people and wildlife that rely on them. After all, rivers are more than just water. They’re places for people to relax, unwind, and decompress, whether that means a family walk, angling for the perfect catch, or a simple moment of peace and calm.

Ou rivers also hold the key to managing our water supplies, reducing flood risk, and mitigating the effects of climate change. Not forgetting the diverse range of wildlife that calls the water home, many species of which are critically endangered.

Remember, every step counts!

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