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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 of our walking guides is given in miles and rounded to the nearest full mile (whole number) for simplicity. For short walks (of less than 2 miles) or walks that have a length that ends in .5, a more accurate walk length may be given in the first section of the walk introduction. For example, the Length in the header may be listed as 6 miles, and the introduction may confirm that the exact length of the walk is 5.5 miles. The walk length is calculated from the GPS file that was created by the walk author GPS tracking the walk whilst walking, using the iFootpath App GPS Tracker, meaning it is very accurate. Our bespoke tracker is particularly detailed and plots a walkers position about every 10 seconds. The tracker is calibrated to match two other reputable map and walking sources, Ordnance Survey and Nike. As with all standardised walk and map lengths, the distance does not take account of hills and slopes, just the distance you would measure using a piece of string on a flat map version of the terrain, so hilly walks will feel longer than stated. If you track the route using another GPS App or Tracker App or Fitness Device, you can expect the distance you record to be different due to different calibrations. This is particularly true of those Apps and devices that count your motion and steps – these can only guess the distance you have travelled with each step and so are much less accurate.

Grade (Boots)

The grade of a walk is an indicator of how difficult the terrain is that you will encounter along the way. This does not take into account the walk length but does suggest how challenging the walk will be. It takes into account things like hills, path surfaces and obstacles (like stiles, gates, steps and rock scrambles). An easy walk, graded as 1 (and shown as 1 Boot) indicates a walk that is essentially flat, has no sharp hills to climb, has no stiles, is easy to navigate (probably along a well-worn path) and is suitable for most levels of fitness. 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 that require scrambling with your hands. 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.

NOTE: Do be aware that the level of stamina required for any walk will vary depending on both the walk length and the difficulty grade - you should only walk within your limits.

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