Notes for new walkers – and a few reminders for our regulars
• Though walking is inherently one of the safest outdoor activities, no activity is completely without risk and there is an individual responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents to occur. Please make sure you are fit enough for the walks you intend to join. If you’re unsure of your fitness level try one of our short and easy walks first. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.
• Walkers are responsible for providing their own first-aid equipment
• The group encourages car-sharing whenever possible and walks leaders might be able to advise about a lift if required. Drivers often appreciate it when a voluntary contribution is made by passengers towards travel costs incurred.
• Please aim to arrive at the meeting point 5 – 10 minutes before the time given in the programme. This allows time for changing footwear, introductions and a few words about the walk. Walks take off promptly at the published time.
• In extreme weather please check with leader that the walk will take place.
• Routes are not always suitable for dogs so please check with leader prior to the walk. If it is appropriate to bring dogs please keep them on a short lead.
• Most of our walks are off-road in rural areas. Please have suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join; bring some food and drink even if there is a planned pub-stop as food might not be available on the day.
• It is a privilege to use a Public House Car Park and we should not consume our own refreshments on pub premises unless by special arrangement.
• Please maintain good walking discipline in relation to all other road users. Do not walk ahead of the leader except by arrangement and make sure that the back-marker knows if you are leaving the walk at any stage.
• Please always observe the Countryside Code.
Happy and healthy walking!