Guidance for Walkers

1. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing to the start point of the walk. This will depend on weather conditions. Please follow this link for more information about clothing and equipment on the Ramblers website. Dryboots are popular amongst our members.

2. We welcome new members and invite individuals to walk with us three times before asking them to join the Ramblers.

3. Walkers will need a packed lunch, a snack, and a drink unless otherwise stated on the walks programme. Some walks end with an optional lunch or cream tea and this is usually clear from the programme.

4. Walk leaders have designed each route. Please do not walk ahead of the leader unless he/she invites you to go ahead, up a hill, for example.

5.The leader will designate a back marker to ensure that the group stays together. If there are more than 20 walkers on a particular day, we feel it is important to designate a middle marker.

6. Listen to the instructions provided by the leader regarding the route and breaks and be ready to move on when requested.

7. If you need to stop, please advise either the walks leader or back marker.

8. If you are walking with a dog, please ensure that the dog is on a short lead and under control at all times. Occasionally a leader considers it unsuitable for dogs, for example if on the recce there was livestock in a field, or a bull, and this is usually indicated on the information about the walk. If you are a dog owner and uncertain about bringing your dog, please contact the walk leader and check.

9. Use a whistle to attract attention in an emergency or if you lose sight of the group in conditions of fog, distance, or turning.

10. Start points for the walks are given by named location and by grid reference. It is advisable to refer to the maps found in the Walk programme to verify the start point. 

11. Very rarely a walk maybe cancelled. We will always try to give as much notice as possible on the News and Walks Programme pages. If possible the walks leader or their substiture will be at the walk start to advise those who may not be aware of the cancellation.