Protecting and expanding where we walk toolkit

As a volunteer involved in protecting and expanding where people love to walk you will contribute to the development of opportunities and facilities for walking in your Area by working to protect and enhance the local rights of way network, Access land or countryside protection. These pages are designed to support you to undertake this role.

We provide a number of resources for those undertaking the role of Footpath Secretary, Access Officers, Countryside and Walking Environment Officers as well as those who undertake Practical Path Work. If you can’t find the resource that you’re looking for or would like to find out about the training that we can provide please go to the volunteer contact page for further help.

The list below outlines the various resources that are available to download or order.

Advice note: Shared use of footpaths with cyclists (England)

This advice note is designed to assist Ramblers volunteers in their evaluation of proposals from highway authorities, and other bodies, to create shared use routes for walkers and cyclists.

Footpath Volunteer update

An update (March 2016) for volunteers and supporters working to protect our rights of way network. Features include: the Deregulation Act, the latest on rights of way, level crossings, cattle and other updates.

Our strategy for paths access and green space

After wide consultation, this strategy for Paths, Access and Urban Green Space was approved by the Trustees in November. We will be introducing this broadly across the organisation in 2016.

Submit a path success form

If your team have achieved a path success, make sure you tell us about it, so we can add to our path success map.

Area Access Role Description  (271.6 KB)

This role description is aimed at those in the role of Area Access Officer and outlines types of activities that are involved in the role.

Area Footpath Secretary  (61.6 KB)

This role description is aimed at those in the role of Area Footpath Secretary and outlines types of activities that are involved in the role.

Area Walking Environment Officer  (133 KB)

This role description is aimed at those in the role of Area Walking Environment Officer and outlines types of activities that are involved in the role.

Footpath Secretary Guidance Booklet (Induction)  (626.1 KB)

A resource aimed at all new rights of way volunteers. The resource outlines the basics of rights of way law, Rights of Way management as well as key policies that may come in helpful when undertaking your role.

Group Access Officer Role Description  (132 KB)

This role description is aimed at those in the role of Group Access Officer and outlines types of activities that are involved in the role.

Group Footpath Secretary  (133.5 KB)

This role description is aimed at those in the role of Group Footpath Secretary and outlines types of activities that are involved in the role.

Downloading PDFs

Adobe Reader is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. To access PDF files you need Adobe Reader installed. If you don't have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can download it.

If you're having trouble downloading PDFs, you may want to right click on the 'Download' link and choose 'Save link as' and then open the document when it has been saved to your PC.

Log into Assemble

If you're recorded as a volunteer with us, use the same login you use with our newer systems or SignUp for the first time. Please note, this is NOT the same as your website login.