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WANTED: Walking Ambassadors for West Sussex

This summer we are working in West Sussex to help promote the area to visitors and to encourage more people to take up walking, both visitors and local residents. As part of this project, we will be creating 10 new West Sussex Weekends walking guides, beautiful routes exploring the West Sussex countryside, towns and villages. We need each walk to be fronted by a volunteer walking ambassador, someone that will put their name, face and story to the walk to encourage younger people and families to visit West Sussex and catch the walking bug…


Lots of people already enjoy walking in West Sussex. The team at West Sussex Weekends are particularly keen to get a broader spectrum of people to catch the walking bug and find out what they are missing. This includes those that are new to walking, those in a slightly younger age group (under 50) or those with young children. Do you think your story could inspire some of these people to discover walking for themselves?

This is where you come in…

we need you as a walking ambassador 2Do you love walking?

Do you live within an hour or two of West Sussex?

Do you have a free day in June?

Would you be happy to share your first name, photograph and a short story about your love of walking?

Would your story resonate with younger people and families?

The chosen volunteer ambassadors will be asked to walk a particular route in West Sussex and then share a photo and story about their experience for the West Sussex Weekends website. Whilst there is no payment available for this, we are happy to pay an allowance towards your expenses for visiting West Sussex.  

If you meet the above criteria we would love to hear from you. If you are interested in taking part please email us with some information of why you love walking, how you can inspire younger people or families to get walking and a fun photo of you out walking. Send your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



You can see some examples of the West Sussex Walk Ambassadors that took part last year by clicking the photos below:



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The length (in miles) of a walk is an approximation of the overall of the walking guide, not a measure of the distance "as the crow flies" between any two points. This is based on the GPX file that was created when the author walked the route and rounded to the nearest mile.length

Grade (Boots)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult it is to walk. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 walking boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles or other obstacles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well-worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. Do be aware that the level of stamina required will vary and you should only walk within your limits - the indication of walk length will help with this. A difficult walk, graded as 5 (and represented by 5 boots) indicates a walk that is strenuous and involves steep ascents and/or descents. It may be technically challenging involving difficult terrain or obstacles.

Please note that the grading for walks is subjective and open to interpretation and should only be used as a guide when selecting a walk.

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