Ways to get involved

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Volunteering with us is a great way to give something back to walking and offers the opportunity to meet new, like-minded people, learn new skills and further your walking knowledge.

We have lots of different volunteering opportunities to cater for a wide range of walking interests.

Love getting outdoors?

You could

…become a walk leader

Our local walking groups lead hundreds of group walks for Ramblers members every week and contribute to our national walking festival programmes. It’s thanks to our walk leaders that we can offer over 38,000 walks across Britain every year.

We also coordinate health walks schemes in England and Wales and rely on a network of volunteers to provide health walks in local communities as part of our Walking for Health and Let’s Walk Cymru projects.

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…become a route developer or route checker

You could contribute to our growing library of quality-checked Ramblers Routes designed to give independent walkers access to safe, easy-to-follow and inspiring walking routes across Britain to enjoy with family and friends.

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…join a volunteer path team

We have over 150 path maintenance teams – or Path Guardians as they are known – who repair and replace stiles, steps and signposts and physically clear obstacles and overgrown foliage that can easily choke footpaths if left untended.

You can find out what our volunteer path teams do and the impact they have on our volunteer path team pages.

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Passionate about walkers’ rights?

You could

…look after your local paths

Ramblers footpath secretaries work with other volunteers in their local area and liaise with local authorities to sort out footpath problems and inspect changes to the footpath network such as checking path diversions, path closures. They also help claim new paths for walkers.

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…become a local campaigner

As well as supporting our national campaigns, you can also lobby locally to help protect and expand the place where people walk. If you have a local campaign you’d like support with please email us at campaign@ramblers.org.uk.

Want to be more involved in the running of the charity?

You could

…help to run a local group or coordinate our groups

Our groups are run entirely by volunteers. Most have a chair, secretary, treasurer and membership secretary and there are other ways to help such as running a local website or putting together programmes of local walks.

Our groups work together regionally as ‘Areas’. Area volunteers help support and coordinate the work of the groups, by doing things such as helping identify what funds groups need and encouraging them to try out new things.

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Keen to gain some admin skills?

You could

…help in our offices

We regularly have volunteering opportunities in our central office in London and in the Ramblers Cymru office in Cardiff and Ramblers Scotland office in Edinburgh, from curating our library archive to helping our membership team.

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