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The National Trails Volunteer Scheme

Volunteers perform a vital role in helping inform us of problems and helping us to maintain The Thames Path through an ongoing programme of monitoring, maintenance and improvements.

There are various opportunities for volunteers. Practical tasks include vegetation clearance, installation, and repair of signs, gates and bridges and some workshop tasks. Led by staff from the National Trails team, tasks take place most weekdays covering the Trail from its Source up to Marlow. All tools and training are provided, and the tasks are a good way to meet like-minded people.

There are also opportunities to become a volunteer ‘monitor’ by adopting a 3-5 mile section of the Trail. Monitors walk their section at least once every 3 months and report what any issues they see to us via a dedicated website reporting system.

Find out more about what volunteers do. 

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer practical tasks

Unfortunately we currently do not have any vacancies within our practical volunteering team.


Volunteer monitoring

We are looking for volunteers to adopt one of the following stretches of The Thames Path. Volunteers need to be able to walk their section to check for problems and changes once every 3 months and after extreme weather conditions, and then use our online reporting website to tell us about the issues they have seen. We particularly welcome volunteers who live or work locally to these sections because it minimises travel costs and carbon. Please express your interest by emailing for an application form to We will respond to applications as soon as possible.

  • Hannington Bridge to Upper Inglesham (Section 11)
  • Upper Inglesham to Inglesham Church (Section 12)
  • Newbridge to Northmoor Lock (Section 21)
  • Northmoor Lock to Bablock Hythe (Section 22)
  • Bablock Hythe to Pink Hill Lock (Section 23)
  • Bell Weir Lock to Penton Hook Lock (Section 55)

Volunteer for the Trail for 25 years

Mark Robbins has volunteered for the Thames Path and The Ridgeway National Trails for the past 25 years, and we wanted to find out more about his experience of working on the Trails and what it has meant - and still means - to him.

Task Diary

Our task diary has a list of all forthcoming tasks on the Thames Path National Trail and is sent to all volunteers who register onto the practical volunteering scheme.