Get Involved!

Once you have joined the National Trails Volunteer scheme you can join us on as many of the following tasks as you like, just call or email to book onto any task in an area that suits you:

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

Tasks the practical volunteer team get involved with:

Out on the Trail

  • Mowing –  Turn up and we’ll supply the mowers.
  • Strimming and brushcutting – Using Stihl brushcutters in the areas where we can’t use the mowers.
  • Scrub clearance – Using hand tools to trim back hedges, and hedge trimmers for areas that are overhanging.
  • Drainage works – Digging out the drainage grips which help to remove water along The Ridgeway.
  • Installing new gates – Replacing gates when they reach the end of their lives .
  • Signage works – Installing new recycled plastic waymarking posts and signposts that have been damaged.

In the Workshop

  • Woodworking – Help make our Trail signposts.
  • Machine maintenance – Help us repair and service all our mowers and brushcutters.


Coming soon – all new Historic Ridgeway project with practical volunteering opportunities in Oxfordshire & West Berkshire


Volunteers monitors adopt a 2-3 mile section of a Trail, walk it once a month and report back any problems such as overhanging branches, bank erosion, encroaching vegetation, etc.

Sadly at this time we are not currently looking for any volunteer monitors along the Ridgeway. Please check again in January 2024.


Please read the documents below and, if you wish to register your interest in monitoring volunteering on The Ridgeway, please email us at


Ridgeway and Thames Path Volunteer Application Form 2022

Ridgeway and Thames Path prospective volunteer – what to expect leaflet