Joining our Walks and Guidance for Walkers
Try a couple of our walks and if we suit you it’s easy to become a member of Ramblers (click here).
Once you have seen our programme and chosen a walk please contact the walk leaders for any further information. Walks will not take place if, in the leader’s opinion, climatic conditions are not suitable. If a walk leader decides to change the walk details or cancel a walk they will try to give as much notice as possible by arranging for a message to be posted on the "Latest Walks Information" webpage, or by contacting walkers by email or telephone. The walk leader will make sure that there is someone at the official start point to meet walkers who may be unaware of the cancellation.
If you have doubts about your level of fitness for a particular walk contact us and we will advise you. Initially, it’s usually better to try an easier walk than one you might find too far or too fast.
Guidance for Walkers
Responsibility. All walks are 'at your own risk'. Neither the Ramblers Association, nor the Leader can accept responsibility for accidents or injury to, or damage caused by, any walker during an organised activity. All accidents must be reported to a walk leader as soon as possible.
Communications. We recommend you carry a mobile phone and an in case of emergency card with contact numbers and information on any pertinent medical conditions.
Start Time. Please note that the times stated are for the start of the walk. Walkers should arrive early so as to allow plenty of time for parking, booting up etc, so as not to keep others waiting.
Walking Etiquette. If you like to walk at the front with the leader, please do not walk on if they are waiting for others to catch up, as this mar the enjoyment for those at the back. It also puts unnecessary pressure on the leader. When walking please look back from time to time, especially when changing direction, to make sure that those following behind have seen which way to go, otherwise there is a danger of the group being split and some members becoming lost. Walkers are reminded that they should not lag too far behind, or they may lose touch with, or delay the group and must inform, or get a message to the walks leader if they intend to drop behind the group
Refreshments. Refreshment stops are also taken 'on the hoof' mid morning, at lunchtime and mid afternoon,unless otherwise stated in the walks programme. Come prepared and have extra fluid on hot days.
Dogs. See walks programme.
Clothing. Walkers are advised to have suitable clothing and footwear appropriate to the conditions and time of year.
Boots. For safety reasons boots should be worn for all country walks except for 'Easy' and 'Easy Access' walks when comfortable shoes or trainers are fine.
Fields. Walkers are reminded that they are expected to stay in single file when negotiating field-edge or cross-field footpaths, and not stray all over the field – unless the path is obstructed.
Roads. Please remember the rules when walking along stretches of public roads, and especially on bends. The Highway Code states that groups of people should keep to the left.
Footpath Problems. Make a note of the problems and fill in as much as you can. See the Footpath Problem page for more information.
Before setting out check our "Latest Walks Information" for any changes to walk details or cancellations.