Walking Advice

Advice for walkers on our groups’ walks:

  • Let the leader lead, do not walk in front of the leader unless asked to do so.
  • Walkers should be adequately equipped, wearing suitable footwear, and carrying clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. Food and drink should be brought on full-day rambles.
  • Members and walkers are reminded that they attend our groups’ walks at their own risk and that they are responsible for their own safety.
  • Dogs may be brought on walks subject to the prior agreement of the leader. Leaders are strongly advised not to permit dogs on a walk where there is the possibility of cows being met. Where dogs are permitted, they must be on a short lead at all times and the dog owner, not the leader, nor the Ramblers Association is responsible for the dog’s behaviour and any liability for any claims etc.
  • Full programmes of some groups’ walks may be obtained from Group Secretaries.
  • Please volunteer to lead a walk by contacting your local group walks co-ordinator or the Social & Rambles Committee.
  • In severe weather conditions the walk may be cancelled. If in doubt, phone the leader ahead of the walk.
  • Walkers must be aged 18+, or accompanied by an adult with parental responsibility. Unaccompanied walkers aged 15-17 are welcome with a valid 15-17 year old Parental Consent Card, obtainable free from Ramblers main office: tel 020 7339 8500 or www.ramblers.org.uk/localgroups

 

Advice for members leading walks:

  • Pre-walk the route so that you are confident in leading the walk at a suitable pace in the time available, with appropriate rest stops.
  • Try to arrange the start of the walk to co-ordinate with public transport, and give public transport information when required.
  • Announce at the start that no one should walk ahead of the leader without permission.
  • Count the number of walkers at the start and check numbers regularly. You should appoint a back marker who knows the route and carries a whistle.
  • You may reserve the right not to accept on the walk anyone that you consider to be inadequately equipped.
  • Ensure, whilst the walk is crossing or walking along roads, that standard safety rules are observed.
  • Carry the following equipment as appropriate to the terrain: map, compass, simple first aid kit, whistle, torch, watch, spare energy-giving food, spare clothing, survival bag & mobile phone
  • Be prepared to alter plans to suit the circumstances, e.g. bad weather or accident.
  • Arrange toilet stops as necessary along the route.
  • Try to give information of historical, geographical or environmental interest on the walk.
  • Report any footpath obstructions that you encounter here.
  • Understand that the aim of walking is enjoyment, not merely achievement!