The National Trails Volunteer Scheme

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

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 and occasional weekends. All tools and training are provided and the tasks are a good way to meet like-minded people. Alternatively, volunteers can become ‘monitors’ by adopting a 2-3 mile section of a Trail, walking it once a month and reporting back any problems.

Find out more about what volunteers do. 

Volunteering Opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers in the following roles:

Volunteer monitoring

We are looking for volunteers to adopt one of the following stretches of The Ridgeway. 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 what issues they have seen. We particularly welcome volunteers who live or work locally to these sections because it minimises travel costs and carbon. Please see the Volunteer Information Pack below for details about monitoring and volunteering with us.

  • Green Street to Monkton Down, Wiltshire (Section 2)
  • Monkton Down to Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire (Section 3)
  • Wantage Monument to Scutchamer Knob, Oxfordshire (Section 14)
  • Pulpit Hill to Buckmoorend, Buckinghamshire (Section 29)

 

Newsletter/Task Diary

Our newsletter/task diary has a list of all forthcoming tasks on The Ridgeway National Trail and is sent to all volunteers who register onto the scheme.

The task diary is posted or emailed in advance to registered National Trail Volunteers. If you are a registered National Trails Volunteer and see a task you would like to help out on, just contact the office to let us know. We’ll contact you to arrange meeting times and venues. Always contact us in advance to book and confirm the task, date, time and venue.

 

Downloads

Volunteer Information Pack

Volunteer Travel Expenses