The National Trails Volunteer Scheme

Volunteers perform a vital role in helping to maintain The Ridgeway through an ongoing programme of maintenance and improvements.

There are various opportunities for volunteers with the Ridgeway and Thames Path Volunteer Scheme.

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 on The Ridgeway and Thames Path National Trails. All tools and training are provided and the tasks are a good way to meet like-minded people. A task diary is emailed out to registered volunteers in advance, allowing volunteers to choose tasks to suit.

There are also opportunities to become a volunteer ‘monitor’ by adopting a 3-5 mile section of the Trail. Monitors walk their section in their own time at least 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 the Ridgeway because it minimises travel costs and carbon.

Find out more about what volunteers do. 

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer practical tasks

We do not have any vacancies.

Volunteer monitoring

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


Coming soon – 2024 – all new Historic Ridgeway Project with practical and surveying volunteering opportunities in Oxfordshire & West Berkshire!

Registering your interest in volunteering with us

Our Volunteer Project Officer will be pleased to hear from you

Please read the documents below and, if you wish to register your interest in 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