Calton's Elcho Street Rambling Club c 1932.
"Rambling" became increasingly popular during the 19th century, when a growing number of people began walking in the countryside to esacape the bustle and pollution of the industrialised cities. Men and women from working-class backgrounds enjoyed rambling just as much as the middle-classes and took an active interest in safeguarding access to the countryside.
The West of Scotland Ramblers' Alliance was formed in Glasgow in 1892. This was Britain's first federation of ramblers' groups and it was followed by similar federations in other cities. In the 1920s and 1930s rambling, hill walking and rock climbing became still more popular in Britain, partly because cheaper ordnance survey maps could now be mass produced. Some of the walking groups formed in Glasgow, such as the Lomond Mountaineering Club formed in 1932, are still active at the beginning of the 21st century.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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