Poppy fields on The Ridgeway

Volunteer Tasks

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:

Out on the Trail

  • Mowing - Turn up and we’ll supply the mowers.
  • Strimming and brush cutting – Using Stihl Strimmers in the areas where we can’t use the mowers
  • Scrub clearance – Using both hand tools to trim back hedges and polesaws for areas that are overhanging.
  • Drainage works – Digging out the drainage grips which help to remove water along The Ridgeway.
  • Pothole repair works along The Ridgeway on the areas that have limestone surfaces.
  • Installing new gates – Replacing the tow path gates when they reach the end of their lives on the river bank.
  • Signage works – Installing new waymarking posts and wooden signposts that have been damaged
  • Information boards – Installing the new frames for the Information boards along The Ridgeway.

In the Workshop

  • Woodworking – Dive into the woodworking workshop – help make our information boards and our sign posts.
  • Machine maintenance – Help us repair and service all our mowers and polesaws.

In the Office

  • Admin tasks  – If you fancy a chance to come into the office and help out with the administration of the Trails.

All really good fun !

 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.

To join us download the Volunteer Information pack found here


Monitoring - Reporting obstructions to the Trail
Monitoring - Reporting overhanging or fallen trees
Monitoring - Reporting any signs of wear and tear
Monitoring - Reporting signs of rutting on the Trail


Mowing the verges on the Ridgeway
Removing a bramble path at Rams Hill
Installation of an information board
Mowing on the Ridgeway