Path maintenance team toolkit

Ramblers volunteer path teams are crucial to maintaining and improving paths in the places people love to walk. Teams carry out a wide range of tasks, including vegetation clearance, waymarking and signage, surface construction and installation of gaps, gates, stiles, steps and occasional bridges.

This toolkit provides resources to help teams continue to deliver this work. Path team successes are added to our path success map. You can tell us about successes using our online form.

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What do Ramblers path maintenance teams do?

Find out more about how many path maintenance teams there are, where they are, the kinds of work they do and the impact they have.

How do we support path maintenance teams?

Ramblers path maintenance teams can get support, insurance and resources to help with their work maintaining and improving paths


Guidance for Ramblers path maintenance team leaders on how to insure their team through the Ramblers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Useful information for path maintenance teams, including who is responsible for our paths.

Legal guidance for path maintenance teams

This factsheet offers guidance on the legal issues that should be considered by a team or individual undertaking path repairs.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

For further information and guidance please see the GDPR toolkit. This guidance is intended for all Ramblers volunteers - explaining what the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is, why it’s important, and what volunteers must do to comply with our legal obligations.

Guidelines for waymarking

This factsheet looks at the Natural England guidance on waymarking and shows how Ramblers volunteers can undertake waymarking as a path maintenance task.

Useful links

This page contains some useful links to guidance for path maintenance teams.

Path maintenance volunteer role description

Role description for a path maintenance team volunteer

Path maintenance team leader role description

Role description for path maintenance team leaders

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