A walk leader, who has completed the walk leader training, is leading a group of walkers as they walk through Tavistock alongside the canal, with tennis courts and houses in the distance.

Walk Leader Training in Devon for Ramblers Wellbeing Walks

Active Devon provides free walk leader training in Devon. 

Walking is really good for us, both physically and mentally and many people start walking to improve their health and wellbeing. Active Devon supports Ramblers Wellbeing Walks and over the years we’ve worked with partners to coordinate wellbeing walks across Devon, encouraging thousands of people to walk more and lead an active lifestyle.

To help make this happen, we provide free walk leader training in Devon. There are some great benefits to becoming a walk leader. If you’re keen to walk more and would enjoy helping others, spending more time outdoors and meeting new people, then we’d love to hear from you.

Who is the Training For?

Walk leader training is for anyone who would like to lead or help to lead an existing or new Ramblers Wellbeing Walk in their community.

People volunteer for lots of reasons and volunteering to be a walk leader for Ramblers Wellbeing Walks is a fantastic thing to do for you and your community. Here are some reasons why:

  • Improve your confidence
  • Meet new people
  • Learn and develop new skills
  • Give something back
  • Improve your health and wellbeing
  • Support the work of community organisations
  • Get to spend time outdoors and explore more of your local area

What Does the Walk Leader Training Entail?

The training is straightforward, informal and takes less than a day. We also continue to support volunteers once they are qualified, with access to guidance and resources afterwards. Plus, qualified walk leaders are insured to lead Ramblers Wellbeing Walks with public liability and personal injury insurance provided by Ramblers.

The training includes:

  • Completing some simple online eLearning.
  • Shadowing a local wellbeing walk.
  • Attending a walk leadership workshop of approximately three hours (online or face to face).

Who Delivers the Walk Leader Training?

We deliver walk leader training predominantly for volunteers in North Devon, Torridge, South Hams and West Devon. If you’re in a different area of Devon and keen to do the training, please still complete the Expression of Interest Form, (see link button below). We will then look to see how we can support you, such as connecting you with partners who deliver the training in other areas.

Next Steps Towards Becoming a Walk Leader

If you’re interested in becoming a walk leader, that’s great! You’ll just need to complete the short Expression of Interest Form, by clicking on the link button below. We will then be in touch to get you started.

Our workshops are scheduled based on demand so we will let you know of workshop dates, and you can choose when to attend.

“Active Devon and partners coordinate wellbeing walks across the whole of Devon and support around 70 walks and 1000 walkers every week.

In 2023-2024, we also provided free walk leader training to 61 volunteers.”