Ride Leader


Leading a family ride through the beautiful grounds of Wynyard Woodland Park. Offering guidance and advice, helping the group to navigate around the trails and offering tips on how to improve their riding techniques.


Sustrans  and Environment, Leisure and Greenspace Team

  1.  Offering guidance and advice to the other riders, helping them navigate any tricky sections of the trail or offering tips on how to improve their riding technique.
  2. Keeping an eye out for any hazards or obstacles on the trail, such as fallen branches and alerting the other riders as needed.
  3. Enjoying the ride: Of course, you would also be enjoying the ride, taking in the beautiful scenery and the fresh air as you lead the group through the park.
  4. Assist and support on guided rides around Stockton, fulfilling roles such as Ride Leader, Back Marker or Ride Assistant
  5. Encourage and chat with participants and the public about the benefits of cycling and active travel
  6. Be a responsible and positive representative of the charity and Stockton Borough Council and its values.

  1. Route planning: Knowledge of route planning would be advantageous but training would be given to lead a trail family ride.
  2. Trail etiquette: You should be familiar with the rules and etiquette of the trail, including how to interact with other trail users, how to pass slower riders, and how to signal turns.
  3. Bike maintenance: It’s important to have a basic understanding of bike maintenance, including how to fix a flat tire, adjust brakes, and check the chain and gears.
  4. First aid: First aid is essential, this will be provided.
  5. Communication: Ability to communicate effectively with the group, including providing clear instructions and warnings.
  6. Patience and leadership: Leading a trail family ride requires patience, as some riders may be slower or less experienced. As a leader you should also be able to provide leadership and encouragement to the group.
  7. Familiarity with the riders: Knowing the riders’ capabilities, limitations, and preferences is essential to make the ride enjoyable and safe for all.

  1. Responsibility: You must be responsible and accountable for the well-being of all riders within the group. You should have a thorough understanding of safety protocols and procedures.
  2. Patience: It’s important to be patient and understanding with riders of all skill levels and ages, especially when guiding a family ride. You should be able to communicate effectively with children and their parents, and be willing to answer any questions or concerns.
  3. Confidence: You should have confidence in your own abilities as a rider and leader. This will help to instil confidence in your riders, and make them feel secure during the ride.
  4. Flexibility: You must be flexible and adaptable in your approach to leading the ride. You should be able to adjust the pace and route as necessary, depending on the needs and abilities of your group.
  5. Positive attitude: You should have a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards the ride, and be able to maintain a sense of humour and perspective, even in challenging situations.
  6. Empathy: You should be able to empathize with your riders and understand their individual needs and concerns. This will help to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for everyone.

Overall, leading a family trail ride requires a combination of technical skills and interpersonal qualities. By cultivating these traits, you can ensure a safe, fun, and memorable experience for all involved.

Training and support offered

  • An initial induction session.
  • Support and direction from the Project Delivery Officer and assistants, who you will be working with on guided rides.
  • Training courses.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • You will receive central communications to support you in your role.
  • Access to the online community of volunteers.
  • Health and safety guidelines and simple risk assessments will be provided.


The amount of time you dedicate to this role can be flexible, with the minimum requirement being to assist on one-two guided rides per month. You would need to be able to lead on evening rides as well as daytime.

We will do our best to ensure you can work with us at a time that fits your schedule.

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