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IOW ramblers rewarded for opening up the island’s countryside

Ramblers on the Isle of Wight have been honoured at a national awards ceremony for their work on the island, iwcp.co.uk reports.

The Isle of Wight team ended up leaving the Ramblers President Awards with four titles to their name in recognition of the work undertaken to open the countryside up to residents and visitors alike.

The four titles were the ‘President’s Campaigner Volunteer Award’, the ‘President’s Footpath Volunteer Award’, the ‘President’s Media Award’ and the ‘President’s Countryside Volunteer Award’.

Most of the commendations came from the group’s work in improving access to the countryside, which saw three accessible routes opened that total some 15 miles. The group also produced leaflets to detail the changes. These developments have made it much easier for locals and those who’ve crossed the Solent for Isle of Wight holidays to get out and enjoy the local countryside.

Speaking after the awards were announced, area chairman David Howarth told onthewight.com: “We are very pleased that the Isle of Wight Ramblers have been recognised for their work in improving access and encouraging people to use the network.

“The Ramblers organisation is changing and we want to see more people of all ages and abilities walking in the beautiful countryside which the Island has to offer. It is good that we are at the forefront of some of these changes but there is much to do and we need more supporters to achieve this.”