Scottish Walk Leadership Project

Ramblers Scotland is using funding from sportscotland to help us recognise and build upon the talents of our Walk Leaders.

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?

1,200 volunteers lead a wonderful range of Ramblers walks all over Scotland each year.

We know that some groups need more Walk Leaders 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.

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?

If you’re a Walk Leader and want to develop your walk leadership skills, or you’re a member who would like to lead walks in future – follow the link below to register for one of our free walk leader induction courses.

Edinburgh – 4th June 2017

Renfrewshire – 13th August 2017

Dumfries – 17th September 2017 (TBC)

Updated: May 2017