Liverpool HF Ramblers is a long-established walking club drawing members from around Liverpool and the Wirral. The club was formed in 1915 and is associated with HF Holidays Ltd, the guided walking holidays company.
A century ago Thomas Arthur Leonard, widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of the outdoor movement, established the Holiday Fellowship, a co-operative with almost 35,000 members and the UK’s largest provider of walking holidays. It started in 1891 when, during Wakes Week, he offered mill workers an alternative to a break in Blackpool or Morecombe. He felt they would benefit from the fresh air, exercise and companionship a walking holiday would offer. He formed a rambling club and took thirty people on a four day break to Ambleside. His walks became an annual event and their popularity grew.
In 1913, Leonard set up the Holiday Fellowship with headquarters in Conwy, North Wales. He founded the Co-operative Holiday Association in 1897, was the first president of The Ramblers, and was instrumental in setting up the YHA and the National Trust. He died aged 84 in 1948 after having passed his passion on to tens of thousands of people during his own lifetime. The Holiday Fellowship continued to grow from strength to strength and in 1982, the society changed its name from the Holiday Fellowship to HF Holidays. It has offices in Cumbria and Hertfordshire and is the UK’s largest walking holiday company. Today there are 700 dedicated volunteer leaders inspiring exactly the same philosophy on walks in over a hundred destinations in 46 countries. For more information on HF Holidays, visit www.hfholidays.co.uk.
Liverpool HF Ramblers leads rambles every weekend of the year. We are keen to expand our membership, and for anyone interested in walking please get in touch with us. We’re a friendly, sociable crowd and people who join our walks are as much interested in the companionship value as enjoyment of the exercise and scenery.