A view across the river from the Thames Path


The National Trails Volunteer Scheme

Volunteers perform a vital role in helping to maintain the Thames Path 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

In early 2020 we will be recruiting volunteer monitors from Oxford to the Source. Please express interest by returning a completed application form (included in the Volunteer Information Pack which can be downloaded below) to nt.volunteers@oxfordshire.gov.uk. We will respond to applications in February 2020.

Newsletter/Task Diary

Our newsletter/task diary has a list of all forthcoming tasks on the Thames Path National Trail and is sent to all volunteers who register onto the scheme. It 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 call in advance to book and confirm the task, date, time and venue.
If you have any queries please phone 01865 810211.



Volunteer Information Pack

Volunteer Travel Expenses


Volunteer Gallery

Monitoring Task - Reporting areas of flooding
Monitoring Task - Reporting path erosion
Montoring Task - Reporting damage to fencing
Monitoring Task - Looking out for erosion
Building Grafton Footbridge on the Thames Path
Waymarking the Thames Path
Strimming on Fiddler's Island, Oxford
Mowing the verges on the Thames Path

Click here to download the Volunteer Newsletter and Task Diary