Volunteering on the National Cycle Network

Sustrans volunteer ranger during a task day on the Bristol and Bath path
Two volunteer rangers laughing whilst maintaining the National Cycle Network

We have lots of volunteers up and down the UK who give their time to keep the National Cycle Network in top condition.

One of my most favourite things about being a Sustrans volunteer is the camaraderie. I now know volunteers over a wide area and can join in activities with other groups to help look after the Network.

- John, Sustrans volunteer ranger
Our volunteer rangers look after the National Cycle Network routes in their area. From regular route checks, to cleaning and replacing signs, to cutting back vegetation and picking up litter – the activities they carry out are vital in ensuring that the Network is safe for everyone to enjoy.

Sustrans volunteer rangers are our eyes and ears on the National Cycle Network. As well as helping to promote Sustrans and inspire others to use their local routes, they also keep an eye out for bigger issues or hazards on the path so we can repair these.

Volunteer task days

Many of our volunteers host regular task days to carry out bigger activities over a larger stretch of the National Cycle Network.

These task days are a great way to bring everyone together and have some fun whilst looking after the Network in your area. And you may even get a nice hot brew and a biscuit or two!

Got a few hours to spare and would like to help look after your local route? Check out our events section for a volunteer task day near you.

Why be a volunteer ranger?

We volunteer with Sustrans because we believe we can make a difference to the environment. We want to help make cycling and walking a pleasure for everyone.

- George and Marion, Sustrans volunteer rangers
There are lots of great benefits to volunteering with Sustrans on the National Cycle Network. Here’s some of the top reasons volunteers’ have given for why they love being a Sustrans volunteer ranger:
  • keeping fit and healthy
  • getting outdoors in the fresh air
  • sharing your passion for cycling and walking with others
  • making a difference to the space in your community.

How do I become a Sustrans volunteer ranger?

We’re always looking for an extra pair of helping hands and we’d love you to join us.

Check out our volunteer vacancies for an opportunity near you.

If you’re passionate about the National Cycle Network and looking for an opportunity to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in your area, we’d love to hear from you.

Feeling inspired? Read more on how you can become a volunteer today.

Meet some of our fantastic volunteer rangers who help look after the National Cycle Network.