“THERE’S something lovely about just getting out into the hills, getting your limbs moving, breathing in the fresh air and being amongst friends – you just can’t beat it.”

That’s the view of long-term rambler Rose Chisholm who’s been a member of Vale Royal and Knutsford Ramblers for more than 20 years.

“It’s a fantastic way to meet new people, visit some beautiful places and improve or maintain your overall health.”

Part of the larger umbrella organisation North and Mid Cheshire Ramblers, this active group has more than 200 members and runs fortnightly coach trips to some of the UK’s most stunning walking locations – from north Wales to the Peak District, the Lakes to the Yorkshire Dales.

Rose explained: “We run a coach every other week, giving us the opportunity to visit some really attractive walking locations without the need for a long car journey.

“Our coach trips pick up in Frodsham, Weaverham, Northwich and Knutsford, so they’re only a short ride away from home. At the destinations, we offer four walks of various grades, ranging from leisurely five to six-mile walks, up to long hikes in the high fells. Whichever walk grade you chose though, you will be sure to see some beautiful scenery, enjoy sociable company and get some exercise, all at the same time.”

For Rose, it’s not just about the friendships that are made as part of the group, it’s also about the health and wellbeing benefits that being close to nature can bring.

She said: “We are a very welcoming group. I myself have made some great friends over the years and there are so many social opportunities. We have a very full programme, with holidays in the UK and abroad, theatre trips and quizzes.

“But there’s more to it than the social aspect. Walking is good for people physically and mentally – you can’t beat a good walk for getting rid of stress or to help uplift your spirits if you’re feeling sad or distressed. There’s something very powerful and humbling about being in these beautiful, wild spaces. It can put things into perspective.”

With spring now in bloom Rose says the organisation is keen to invite new members – ranging from novice walkers to intrepid travellers – to lace up their walking boots and spend some time conquering the great outdoors.

She added: “There's something for everybody, whether you enjoy a leisurely five-mile stroll or a challenging 16-miler, so why not come and give us a try.”

Booking is essential for all walks, and the coach costs £15 per person. To find out what destinations are planned for this season visit nmc-ramblers.org.uk or contact Rose on 07801 576001.