Strengthening Europe through walking and hiking

An initiative supported by European Ramblers Association (ERA)

At the European Ramblers Association (ERA), we are committed to enhancing the walking experience across Europe and promoting sustainable mobility. We proudly support the recent initiative presented by the FFRandonnee, aimed at emphasizing the pivotal role of walking and hiking in shaping a sustainable and healthy future for Europe.

Our Vision
We envision a Europe where walking and hiking are integral to our lifestyle, environmental strategy, and cultural heritage. This initiative aligns perfectly with ERA’s mission to advocate for and protect walking trails, while also fostering a deeper appreciation of our natural landscapes.

Why walking and hiking matter

  • Sustainable mobility: Walking and hiking represent the most sustainable forms of mobility. As Europe strives for decarbonization, promoting these activities can significantly reduce our ecological footprint.
  • Health benefits: Regular walking and hiking improve cardiovascular health, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. Encouraging these activities can decrease healthcare costs and promote a healthier populace.
  • Cultural heritage: Trails across Europe are not just pathways; they are historical corridors that narrate our shared heritage. Preserving and promoting these routes keeps our cultural ties strong and vibrant.

Our Goals
With the support of our members and partners, ERA aims to:

  • Advocate for policies that integrate walking and hiking into national and European environmental and health strategies.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to enhance the infrastructure supporting walking and hiking, ensuring safe and accessible trails.
  • Educate the public and policymakers about the benefits of walking and hiking, leveraging research and data to support our claims.

Join us
We invite you to join us in this crucial initiative. Whether you are a policymaker, a local community leader, or a citizen eager to make a difference, your support can help shape the future of transportation, health, and environmental conservation in Europe.

Get involved

  • Support our advocacy: Help us bring these issues to the forefront of policy discussions.
  • Participate in events: Join our walks and hikes to directly engage with and promote our beautiful trails.
  • Spread the word: Share information about the importance and benefits of walking and hiking within your community.

Together, we can make walking and hiking a cornerstone of a healthier, more sustainable Europe.

Let’s walk the path towards a sustainable future together!