A Lake District National Park Authority volunteer leads a guided walk to Lingmoor

Guided Walk Leader

Our Volunteer Guided Walk leaders help the Lake District National Park Authority run an inspirational programme of around 150 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.

What will I be doing?

  • Delivering high quality, safe, guided walks to members of the public, welcoming a wide range of people to the National Park
  • Ensuring the walks enhance customer's understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Lake District and inspiring people to care for their National Park
  • Contributing to the maintenance and development of the walk programme

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 sound navigation 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 twelve days a year of volunteering, including meetings and training days. Due to the extensive training involved with this volunteering role, there is an expectation that you commit to the role for some years.

What training will I receive?

To ensure your safety, that of your co-leaders, and of course our walk participants, we offer the following training:

  • Our in-house Navigation training, developing your current skills prior to an assessment.
  • First aid qualification is compulsory for Guided Walk Leaders. We offer free 2 day courses to all walk leaders.
  • Group Leadership Skills training for LDNPA walk leaders.
  • Development through shadowing experienced leaders.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for 2023 volunteer places so please keep an eye on our webpages throughout the year for other opportunities or in 2024 for news of the next volunteer intake.

Any more questions?

If you have any questions about volunteering in this role then please contact our Recruitment and Training Coordinator, Cath Elliott at volunteers@lakedistrict.gov.uk