Proving you don’t have to be retired to ramble

Young Ramblers on The One Show sofa
Young Ramblers on The One Show sofa

Members of a young walkers’ group showed viewers of The One Show that you don’t have to be retired to ramble, as they took part in a series of map-reading challenges during the prime-time BBC show.

Three members of Chilterns 20-30s Walking Group, a South Bucks and West Herts-based Ramblers group for people in their 20s and 30s, demonstrated their map-reading skills by following a route around London.

The challenge helped promote a competition to design new landmark symbols for the Ordnance Survey, Britain’s mapping agency.

The Chilterns 20-30s joined members of young walkers group the Stag Walkers from North Herts, to form a team of six competing against a similar team of young walkers from Hampshire.

Paul Rhodes, of Chilterns 20-30s Walkers, said: “When we got the call from The One Show, we jumped at the chance to show the public that the Ramblers is for young people too.

“It was the ideal opportunity to show off our map-reading skills and challenge the stereotype of Ramblers being older people, wearing woolly hats and long socks.

“Despite the growth in GPS gadgets, map reading is alive and kicking. I think people often wrongly think it’s going to be really difficult, but it isn’t.

“We wanted to demonstrate how fun and easy it is to use Ordnance Survey maps and that young people, like us, use them all the time. ”

As well as regular walks, Chilterns 20-30s members enjoy regular pub nights, weekends away and other social events.See www.chilterns2030s.org.uk