Our Guided Walk leaders help the Lake District National Park Authority run an inspirational programme of over 200 walks every year. Our programme exists to help unlock the landscape for visitors and local communities, helping people understand and appreciate the spectacular landscape, world-class heritage and local culture that makes the Lake District National Park so special.
We asked one of our volunteers, Jean, to talk about her role as a Guided Walk Leader in the short video below.
What will I be doing?
Delivering guided walks to members of the public, welcoming a wide range of people
Ensuring the walks enhance customer's understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Lake District National Park
Describing how the work of the National Park Partnership is making our Vision for the area a reality
Inspiring people to look after their National Park and 'put something back'
Being an ambassador for the Lake District National Park Authority, living our Values
What skills do I need?
A passion for, and a good general knowledge of, the Lake District National Park
Excellent communication and team-working skills
Experience of walking and basic navigation (map and compass) skills
Experience of managing and leading groups of people
A common-sense approach to health and safety
How often will I need to volunteer?
We ask our Guided Walk Leaders to commit to a minimum of ten days a year of volunteering, including training days. Due to the extensive training programme involved with this volunteering role, you'll need to be committed to the role for at least three years.
What training will I receive?
Our Guided Walk Leaders are amongst our most-trained volunteers. To ensure your safety, that of your co-leaders, and of course of the customers, we offer the following training:
Navigation training at both Foundation and Intermediate levels. The level of your training will be dependent on the level of walks you'd like to lead. Navigation is assessed before you'll be 'signed off' to lead walks.
First aid courses are compulsory for Guided Walk Leaders. We offer free courses to all trainee leaders.
All trainee Guided Walk Leaders will be required to undertake Group Leadership Skills training and assessment.
How do I apply?
To apply to volunteer as a Guided Walk Leader you'll need to complete an application form. For our 2020 season we're looking to recruit a maximum of 12 volunteers. Prospective volunteers are then asked to attend a 'find our more' session before commencing their training programme. The deadline for applications is Sunday 12 April.
The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here. Our staff include rangers and field workers, advisers at our visitor centres, planners and ecologists.