Scottish Walk Leadership Project

Ramblers Scotland is using £50,000 of sportscotland funding to help us recognise and build upon the talents of our Walk Leaders during 2016/17.

The initial year-long project is part of a long-term plan to boost the training we offer to Walk Leaders, which in turn will help groups run more diverse and attractive walks programmes.

We are using the funding to:

  • Better understand our Walk Leaders in Scotland
  • Create a Walk Leadership Sounding Board to shape future training
  • Develop a basic Walk Leadership course for people who want to brush up their skills, or learn new ones
  • Consider next steps for future training.

Walk leadership

Why is this needed?

More than 1,100 volunteers lead a wonderful range of Ramblers walks all over Scotland each year.

We know that some groups want more Walk Leaders, or need leaders with advanced skills to expand the range of walks they can offer.

An internal evaluation in 2013 found groups need a diverse portfolio of walks to attract new members and maintain interest.

Thanks to this project, Walk Leaders in Scotland will get the chance to learn skills, build confidence and undertake training – for free!

What will it deliver?

Our Scottish Walk Leadership Sounding Board, made up of  members and external experts, met for the first time in October 2016 and will meet quarterly to shape the future of our training.

Together we will develop a framework that meets the needs of current and potential Walk Leaders.

This will include a platform for existing leaders to share their expertise, and train or mentor others.

And we will deliver free, quality and targeted training in convenient places and at times that suit our members’ busy lifestyles.

How can I get involved?

Questionnaires have been shared with members via email and and will be in the winter edition of Walk magazine, so please let us know your views on how we can improve Walk Leadership.

From early 2017, we’ll start asking for volunteers to come forward for Walk Leadership training.

So if you’re a Walk Leader and want to build the skills to lead more advanced walks, or you’re a member who would like to lead walks in future – please keep an eye out for updates early next year.

Updated: November 2016