Cleveland Way Team and North York Moors National Park hosts National Trail Volunteer's Weekend

11th November 2015

On 6-8 November, the North York Moors National Park and Cleveland Way Partnership hosted a National Trail Volunteers’ weekend at Larpool Hall, Whitby. 

Attended by 35 people from nearly all the National Trails across England and Wales, the fun packed weekend provided an opportunity to exchange best practice, develop new thinking and celebrate volunteering.

Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer at the North York Moors National Park said: ”It was great to meet and share ideas with so many dedicated Volunteers. Their hard work ensures our National Trails are in a superb condition for the enjoyment of everyone.“

The weekend covered topics on volunteering on National Trails, engaging different groups in volunteering, training and use of video demonstrations, embracing technology – apps and social media and the importance of volunteering. 

Two walks were also available for delegates to blow away the cobwebs and embrace the outdoors using the Cleveland Way National Trail. These were a seven mile classic coast route from Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay and a six mile historic coast Ravenscar Circuit and on to Hayburn Wyke, passing through the ‘town that never was’. Along both of these walks the evidence of volunteer maintenance activity was clear to see.  Malcolm added : “Volunteers were able to see the path in all its conditions as the walks took us from full storms to outstanding sunshine!”

The weekend was a great success and we hope it will be repeated on another National Trail in the future.

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