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Hertfordshire County Council

There are more than 3,000km of footpaths, bridleways and byways in the county. Becoming a Rights of Way Volunteer allows you to contribute to the upkeep of these routes via surveys or carrying out practical improvements outdoors in small teams.


What you'll be doing

You'll help to survey, maintain and improve the network of routes across Hertfordshire. You don't need any experience and everyone is welcome.

How much time you need to give

As a surveyor you report when it suits you. If you adopt a promoted route we’d like you to monitor it at least 2 times a year. Team practical sessions are planned as and when suitable work has been identified. Timing is flexible and may depend on the work.

Where you'll be located

You can survey paths where you want to within Hertfordshire. Locations of practical tasks will depend on where the work is identified but will generally be spread across the county.

What you'll gain from the role

By surveying the Rights of Way and undertaking light maintenance you can help to keep our path network open and accessible. Training opportunities are offered to volunteers to further their skills and knowledge. Social events are organised for volunteers to meet with groups working in different areas.

Support you'll be given

  • We will send you a pack explaining the role and how to get started.
  • Necessary materials such as maps and survey forms will be provided.
  • Training on Rights of Way law, maintenance, waymarking and structures will be provided. Additional training in first aid, leading volunteers and habitat management is also available.
  • Each volunteer has an allocated member of staff who is available to answer any queries and provide support where it is needed.
  • When working in a practical volunteer team a trained leader will be present. Tools and materials will be provided.


You can claim travel expenses to and from training days if you are using public transport or if you are using your own vehicle.

Contact us

Call 01992 588433 or email us for more information. 


Contact the Countryside Management Service

01992 588433

Countryside Management Service Office (Car Park H)
Environment Department (CHG001)
County Hall
SG13 8DN