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Could you be a London Towpath Ranger?

We're calling on Londoners who love walking and cycling along the capital’s canals and rivers to jump on-board as volunteer towpath rangers, joining a team that helps make the towpaths an even more pleasant place to visit.

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The canals are a great place to spend time and this is a fantastic way to get out and enjoy them
Dick Vincent, towpath ranger

Volunteer towpath rangers are friendly faces who are happy to answer questions about the local area. The volunteers attend and lead towpath events, carry out visitor counts and do the odd spot of towpath gardening and maintenance. They also encourage local residents and communities to get involved and volunteer to make a difference to the canals and rivers they care about.

The towpath rangers support the our ‘Share the Space' campaign, which encourages people to consider others when using London's towpaths by sharing the space, dropping their pace, always being courteous to others and remembering that pedestrians have priority.


Dick Vincent, towpath ranger at Canal & River Trust, said: “You don't need any specialist knowledge to be a volunteer towpath ranger, just enthusiasm for your local waterway, an interest in cycling and walking and enthusiasm to talk to all the people who'll want to talk to you. The canals are a great place to spend time and this is a fantastic way to get out and enjoy them.”

We're looking for volunteer towpath rangers who live, work or travel through the following London boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea and Newham.

Volunteer Towpath Ranger events and activities may take place in the day time or evening and at weekends and could last from a couple of hours to a full day. Ideally volunteers will be flexible in the time they can give and able to give up to a total of a day a month.

Volunteer Towpath Rangers will receive an induction, on-going training and a chance to be part of a great team. We'll provide all the necessary clothing and equipment and will reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses.

Find out more about volunteering as a towpath ranger

Last Edited: 05 September 2013

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