The Ramblers could not exist without our network of amazing volunteers.
They are reopening blocked paths, fighting unpleasant path-changes, campaigning for better access, taking minutes at meetings, leading walks or writing to their local or national decision makers. Volunteers are invaluable to us. We have thousands of highly experienced volunteers who are actively leading our work, giving their time freely and encouraging others to join in. This massively increases our capacity and clout.
Each year we celebrate the achievements of some of our volunteers with awards, but these recipients are just the tip of a massive iceberg and we want every one of our knowledgeable volunteers to know how much we value and appreciate their contribution to our cause.
So, in this Volunteers' Week we want to say a very special thank you to all of you who go out of your way to help our cause. It is because of you that the Ramblers is able to promote walking everywhere, by leading walks and ensuring that paths and access land are in good condition for all to enjoy—as well as doing all those vital jobs which make our organisation tick.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Say hello to Graham, the Sussex Boarder Path coordinator. He relaunched the 150-mile route in 2016 and now, along with many other volunteers, keeps a watchful eye on the path.
Mary Gough is chair of Bicester and Kidlington Ramblers and has revitalised the group by setting up popular range of new walks and events, attracting many new members. She's watched the group flourish.
Meet Eileen Robinson, Brian Marshall and Ann Bowes who are key to ensuring more people from across their community can get out walking through their Walking for Health scheme
John Noblet has been volunteering with Tavistock Ramblers for 18 years and taken on many different roles. Ultimately he just wants to get people out enjoying the outdoors on foot
Let us know about your volunteering successes, from innovative walks programmes to local campaigns.
If you have a passion for walking we want to hear from you!