Published: 30th AUGUST 2019

National Cycle Network volunteer, The Dartmoor Way in Ashburton to Bovey Tracey

Are you passionate about walking and cycling and would like to help look after the National Cycle Network in your area? We’re looking for a volunteer ranger to help monitor, maintain and enhance part of the Dartmoor Way, National Route 272 between Ashburton and Bovey Tracey.

  • National Cycle Network
  • Ashburton to Bovey Tracey
  • A few hours per month
  • Volunteer role
  • Ongoing
  • Reference 308191

Across the UK our volunteer groups are giving time to support our work to make it easier for people to walk and cycle.

The South Devon group maintains and promotes sections of National Cycle Network between Plympton and Newton Abbot. Each ranger is allocated a section to maintain with group task days taking place on some particularly overgrown sections of the path. The group also organises led rides and promote walking and cycling at local events.

Why become a Sustrans volunteer?

Whether you enjoy being outdoors, are looking to meet new people, or would like to look after the walking and cycling routes in your community, there are lots of benefits to volunteering with Sustrans on the Network.

What does a Sustrans volunteer do on the National Cycle Network?

Volunteering as part of our local group the role involves keeping an eye on your allocated section of the route.

You will help out by tackling issues such as overgrown vegetation and obscured signage and reporting larger issues such as fallen trees.

Some activities include:

  • attending group meetings, workdays and signing rides
  • check for missing or broken signs and replace along the route
  • following the signing guidance
  • carrying out general tidy ups and clear back
  • removing encroaching vegetation
  • looking after any artwork or mileposts on your route.
  • working alongside other partner organisations to achieve common goals
  • monitoring local planning applications for opportunities to improve the provision for cycling and walking within the area.

What we're looking for

We're looking for people who are:

  • self-motivated to carry out tasks independently, once directed
  • practical and enjoy being outdoors
  • work well within a team
  • live close to or walk/cycle regularly along the allocated section of the route
  • good attention to detail.

Time commitment

The following is an outline of the time commitment for this role:

  • a half-day initially to attend induction and activity-specific training
  • one to two days per year to attend training events
  • monthly (minimum) check of your section of the route
  • attend up to four group meetings per year (usually in the evening) to keep up-to-date with local developments and the group plan
  • attend at least one annual training event, to keep up-to-date with best practice guidance on your activities
  • volunteers may also be asked to support periodic task days organised by the local volunteer group.

Training and support offered

  • Sustrans volunteer induction
  • Signing training
  • Opportunities to attend regional volunteer networking and training events
  • All agreed volunteer expenses paid.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk

Our Safeguarding Statement sets out Sustrans’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Sustrans

Sustrans is committed to representing the diverse communities we work with, and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We value equality and inclusiveness and believe that a diverse organisation brings with it a diversity of ideas and ways of working which strengthens everything we do.


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