Meet our volunteers

If the Ramblers is at the heart of walking, volunteers are at the heart of the Ramblers.

Meet some of our volunteers and find out about the work they do.

If you're already a volunteer, find out how you can be featured here.

south wiltshire heavy gang in action

South Wiltshire Heavy Gang

The South Wiltshire Ramblers, ‘Heavy Gang,’ have been keeping paths open for 25 years. Find out what makes them an award winning team.

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Malcolm McDonnell

Malcolm McDonnell

A Ramblers member since 1987, I started volunteering as East Sussex Footpath Secretary in 2001 despite never having been on a Ramblers group led walk. I am proud to be one of a dedicated team of volunteers and Ramblers staff who help protect the paths in Sussex.

Footpath Secretary | Sussex Ramblers

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Mark Treacey

Mark Treacey

It’s fantastic to be able to help out with the Ramblers, as a photographer it’s great to see my images put to such a good use.

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Elena Fuller

Elena Fuller

Being a member of Ramblers has given me a lot in life so I thought it was only right I give something back.

Ramblers office volunteer | London Strollers

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Andria Massey

Andria Massey

Since becoming a Ramblers member in 2004 I have gone from going on a few walks to improve my fitness, to being Footpath Secretary and Access Officer for the Ynys Mon group. I am also an active member of the ‘Silver Slashers’ footpath maintenance group and can often be seen wielding a power tool!

Footpath Secretary and Access Officer | Ynys Mon Ramblers

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Annabella Hill

Annabella Hill

The main purpose of my role as Publicity Officer is to attract new members enabling the group to grow but the best publicity any Ramblers group can have are the members themselves.

Publicity Officer | Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers

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Brenda Horwill

Brenda Horwill

Chris Percy and I are the two volunteers who make up the Group Walks Finder team at the Ramblers office - we enjoy helping groups upload their led walks on this brilliant database.

Group Walks Finder Support Officer

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Chris Percy

Chris Percy

I, with Brenda, another volunteer, help other volunteers around the country with putting their led walks onto the Group Walks Finder. It’s great to be able to help people and I can do a surprising amount online from home.

Group Walks Finder Support Officer

Dave Cavanagh

Dave Cavanagh

Doing my volunteering as a member of Ramblers, rather than just on my own, has enriched my life socially and has increased both the quantity and quality of my contribution to improving the walking environment.

Vice Chair | Vale of White Horse Ramblers

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Dave Wetton

Dave Wetton

My job as Chair is a bit of a doddle. I simply arrange and minute our four committee meetings each year. They currently take place in a pub and usually end up with live folk music in the bar.

Chair | Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers

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Geoff Mullett

Geoff Mullett

I like nothing better than studying a map, planning a walk, then investigating the area’s history. Old footpaths had a purpose and walking a route with information I’ve gleaned from research brings that history to life. It's fantastic to be able to share this with others through Ramblers Routes.

Route Developer

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Gillian Allardyce

Gillian Allardyce

My job as webmaster is a very satisfying way of sharing information with many people.

Webmaster | Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers

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Graham Fitch

Graham Fitch

It is a good feeling to know that I am helping to protect the wonderful legacy of our footpath network for future generations.

Footpath Secretary | Caernarfon/Dwyfor Ramblers

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Grahame Lee

Many walkers tell me that joining the group has changed their lives for the better. What better reason could I have for volunteering.

Chairman and Walk Leader | North East Wilts Ramblers, Wiltshire Ramblers and Walking for Health

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Ian Dickin

Ian Dickin

Walking’s been very good to me. It’s given me the greatest memories, kept me fit and made me many friends. Volunteering as a photographer, and getting involved in other ways such as adding routes to the Ramblers Routes database, means I can give something worthwhile back.

Photographer

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Ian Wild

Ian Wild

I’ve surveyed the entire Kent coastline to help the Ramblers One Coast For All campaign and get the best route for walkers.

Coastal access volunteer | Kent Ramblers

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Judith Dobson

Judith Dobson

As a keen walker myself I enjoy working with Ramblers Scotland to encourage people to go for a walk. Walking is a great activity, it's free, you can go for a walk anywhere, it's sociable and it's good for you.

Office Volunteer | Ramblers Scotland

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June Hammond

June Hammond

I really enjoy putting the walking itinerary together; it’s great to see it all come together.

Social Secretary | Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers

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June Mabon

June Mabon

Volunteering can be challenging at times and needs all the skills I have learned in life. Sometimes it`s hard work too but it’s always interesting and very satisfying.

Footpath Secretary | Trafford Ramblers

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Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards

I am a very active member of Tiger Bay 20s-30s+ group in Cardiff. Having previously been Socials Secretary, I am now Chair of the group and I have found a great bunch of friends. I’m proud to be part of one of the most flourishing groups in Wales. We’re striving to encourage new members and keep doing what we do so well.

Chair | Tiger Bay Ramblers

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Mary Gough

Mary Gough

The Ramblers enables me to enjoy walking in different areas, help maintain footpaths and meet new people. As a volunteer at the Ramblers office, I also enjoy being part of a friendly team.

Chair, Membership Secretary, Walk Leader and Ramblers office volunteer | Bicester & Kidlington Ramblers

Mike Chapman

Mike Chapman

The main task of the Paths Maintenance Officer, as the name implies, is to ensure that all footpaths are clear and safe to walk along.

Paths Maintenance Officer | Tonbridge & Malling Ramblers

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Peter Carr

Peter Carr

I volunteer for the Ramblers to do my bit to help walkers in Shropshire get the paths they deserve.

Campaign volunteer | Shropshire Ramblers

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Steve MacKinnon

Steve MacKinnon

Volunteering to help with the Ramblers Scotland Medal Routes project has been extremely rewarding. I'm confident that the Medal Routes will inspire people to explore their local area and beyond.

Medal Routes project volunteer

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Terry Howard

I don't volunteer just for something to do, I do it because I believe in it. We are not going to get what we want by waiting for it, we have to go out and get it.

Walk Leader | Sheffield Ramblers

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Will Renwick

Will Renwick

We have beautiful countryside in Wales that is incredible for walking, so I've been out and about with the Ramblers, talking to local groups and trying to encourage them to get walking and out enjoying our landscape as much as they can.

Champion for Young Walkers | Ramblers Cymru

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Damian Wheeler

Damian Wheeler

Volunteering for the Ramblers has enabled me to walk with others in different areas, make new friends, lead walks for members, enjoy the fresh air and have a great time.

Ramblers office volunteer and Walk Programme Co-ordinator | Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers

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Jo Bird

Jo Bird

As a volunteer I work to ensure that people can get out and walk. The most rewarding part of my role is introducing young families and disabled people to the pleasure of walking.

Countryside Secretary | Barnard Castle Ramblers

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Chris Fox

Chris Fox

I felt volunteering would be a good way to get more involved and see what goes on at Area level, as a relative newcomer to the Ramblers.

Treasurer | Berkshire Ramblers

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