Great opportunities for path maintenance training in Scotland

Paths for All is running a series of free one-day training workshops, aimed at volunteers developing or maintaining Scottish path networks.

Courses cover everything from surveying, designing, building and maintaining paths to managing projects and how to make existing paths more accessible.

We hope this may provide useful training for Ramblers Scotland members who are interested in volunteering on path maintenance projects within their group or who would like to expand their existing skills. You can book your place at the courses here.

Funding Community Path Projects: 12th May 2017

This is a free interactive course for groups who wish to develop community path projects. This course will help you to prepare and write better funding applications and give you the opportunity to share your experience and learn from others. 

You will learn how to:

  • Identify the need for your project
  • Create clear aims and outcomes
  • Monitor and evaluate the difference your project will make

Grading Your Community Path: 13th May 2017

This is an interactive course that will provide you with an understanding of the new path grading system; who it is aimed at; and the skills to grade paths consistently. There will also be an opportunity to grade and test a route. 

What will I learn?

  • Improved understanding of the aims of the path grading system
  • Increased knowledge of the six elements that make up the path grading system
  • Increased knowledge and skills to survey a path using the new system
  • Improved knowledge of path grading design guidelines

Path Management: 13th Sept 2017

This is a free one day course designed to give you an overview of the key stages involved in the planning, development and delivery of any community path project.

You will learn how to: 

  • Develop the skills and techniques to be able to carry out a path survey
  • An understanding of the different elements to path planning
  • Be aware of good path development and management
  • Increased ability to plan a path project successfully

Path Maintenance: 27th Sept 2017

More and more communities throughout Scotland are developing projects to improve and maintain the local paths that people use every day.

This practical outdoor course is a must for any community organisation developing or managing path projects and who want to organise work days with volunteers. Learn about the tools you need to get the job done, how to organise volunteer work days and get hands on experience of upgrading a path. 

You will learn to: 

  • Safely use hand and small power tools
  • Repair and build paths
  • Organise volunteer work days

Path Promotion: 20th Sept 2017

A free interactive course for groups who wish to promote their local paths and encourage more people to use them. The course will help you learn about path promotion, the tools to help you do it and what information you should include. 

You will come away with: 

  • Improved understanding of the benefits of path promotion
  • Increased knowledge of how to promote your local paths (e.g. leaflets, website, social media and signage boards)
  • Increased knowledge of the type of information to include in path promotion
  • Increased awareness of the new path grading system in Scotland

For more information on any of the above courses, contact Marion Munro, 01259 222336 or email To book a place on a course, please click here.