Be a Trail Blazer and join our New Ambassador Programme

20th August 2018
  • Could you be a North Downs Way Ambassador?
  • Do you like walking, storytelling and have good local knowledge of the history and countryside in Surrey/ Kent?
  • Do you have some spare time to lead organised walks & talk on and around the North Downs Way National Trail?

We are looking to recruit and train a small group of Ambassadors to lead guided walks on the North Downs Way. You will be provided with maps & resources to help you plan your events to encourage people with little or no experience of countryside walking.

If you think you would make a good ambassador and have the capacity to lead periodic walks (4-6 per year) please book here and send an email to peter.morris@kentdowns.org.uk briefly describing why you think you’d be a good ambassador and what kind of walks or events you would deliver to engage more people with the North Downs Way.

The first training session will take part during our Pilgrims Festival in Wye on Thursday 27th September 2018 at the New Flying Horse Pub in Wye. The event is FREE and will run from 11am – 4pm with lunch included. Other training sessions will take place later in the year so please get in touch if you are interested but cannot make this date.

Our sessions will include:

  • Insurance & Health and Safety aspects of walk & event leading
  • Background on the North Downs Way- natural history/ military and cultural heritage, myths and legends.
  • What makes for a good walk- how to ensure everyone has a good time
  • Planning your walk; including getting to/ from the event and refreshment stops 
  • FREE National Trail Guide Book & AZ Map of the North Downs Way

Peter Morris is the North Downs Way National Trail Manager, working to maintain, enhance and promote the trail since 2015. Working with national and regional partners Pete has an in-depth knowledge of the trail, how it is managed and the local characters, stories and hidden gems along the route.

Mike Philips has been an environmental trainer for 20 years with a passion for our landscapes. Mike is a qualified trainer working for BTCV (now The Conservation Volunteers) and believes passionately in the value that communities can play in conserving, celebrating and interpreting our natural spaces.  Mike has also delivered training for Kent Wildlife Trust, Dover District Council, Swale Borough Council, Wildwood and Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group amongst many others.  He now works as an independent freelance trainer and ecological consultant in Kent and the South East.

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