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Our Lone Trail Rangers

Nar Valley Way - Trail RangersIf you’re out and about on one of our walks this bank holiday weekend and you spot a walker with a note pad and pen, taking notes and photos – you may have just met a Norfolk Trails Trail Ranger!

Our Trail Rangers are local volunteers with a passion for the exploring the countryside. Each Trail Ranger adopts a short section of one of our routes and walks this 4 times a year – once a season – checking for problems with signage, furniture, overgrown vegetation and more. This information is then sent back to us in a short report, allowing us to alert the Trail Infrastructure Officers to problems on their paths.

With over 1200 miles of walk, cycle and bridle routes, our three Trail Officers rely heavily on our Trail Rangers to help them monitor our network. And with almost half a million visits to our network last year alone – this is an important job!

Thanks to the COOL Project, we are installing new signage along the Weavers’ and Paston Way. To look after our investment, we put out a call for volunteers this January – looking for Trail Rangers for these two popular routes. Since then we have had over 160 step forward and now both paths are covered entirely and checked on a monthly basis.

We just wanted to say Thank You to our current Trail Rangers – we couldn’t do it without you!

Not only do we recruit volunteers to monitor the routes, however there are lots of other ways we ask people to get involved.

We also have volunteers currently helping us to lay Geocache trails and lead guided walks. There are also opportunities for office work or the opportunity to get involved in a more hands on practical way helping us to undertake repairs make improvements on the routes themselves. All of this requires training, so we ask if anyone is interested, to get in touch and we will try and match you with the right activity for your current skills or those that you would like to develop. Norfolk Trails are currently able to offer some funding for first aid and some further courses so if you would like to get involved get in touch now!

 

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