Walk leadership in Scotland

Since 2017, our Scottish Walk Leadership Project has been helping to recognise and build upon the talents of our wonderful walk leader volunteers.

Thanks to funding from Paths for All, the project is boosting the hands-on training we offer to our 1,300 walk leaders, which in turn helps groups run more diverse and attractive walks programmes.

What does the project offer?
The project offers a wide range of ways for new, experienced and potential Ramblers’ walk leaders to improve their skills.

Our free courses have included Walk Leadership Essentials, Mentoring, Navigation and First Aid.

The project also supports walk leaders to achieve the Ramblers’ Walk Leadership Pathway which recognises the walk leader’s learning journey.

Impact of Covid-19
With the restrictions brought about by Covid-19, our training going forward will look different, but the project will remain as important and exciting as ever.

We will continue to boost training for walk leaders, build knowledge, skills and confidence, and enable more walk leaders to move through the Walk Leadership pathway.

Ultimately, supporting groups to run more diverse and attractive walk programmes. 

Walk Leadership Training
We are working with Ramblers GB to launch our new look training for Ramblers’ walk leaders, giving as many people as possible the chance to take part.

It will be a mix of online training modules that can be completed at a time that suits, live online sessions and opportunities to get together for more practical sessions. More details to follow shortly.

Read a blog by project officer Ruth Bowen about the impact of the pandemic and plans for the Walk Leadership project.

Scottish Walk Leadership Pathway

The Pathway is a walk leadership quality mark, which recognises individuals as effective volunteer walk leaders.

Our volunteer walk leaders can achieve this through a combination of training, learning and support, underpinned by a volunteer network of peer mentors at group level.

We want to encourage as many of our walk leaders to achieve this mark. 

For more information about the project contact Ruth Bowen, project officer, email walkleadership@ramblers.org.uk or call on 0131 357 5850.