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Additional notes for Walkers

 

Walks Grades

These are always to be considered along with the mileage when choosing walks.
You can have Easy 10 mile walks or Strenuous 5 mile walks!

Above all the Walks Leaders want each event to be enjoyable.

Grade

 

Description

E Easy

Suitable for anyone who is able-bodied and healthy.
Walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty or a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.  Usually less than 5 miles.
 

L Leisurely

Walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience.
May include un-surfaced rural paths. The pace will be leisurely.  Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
 

M Moderate

Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness.
May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
 

S Strenuous

Suitable for experienced, very fit and properly equipped walkers.
May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the organiser or leader in advance.
 


Grades are provided as a general guide only:

If you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.

You should also bear in mind the distance of the walk, differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather which can make a walk more difficult than planned.

If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first: it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.


Meeting Places/ Travel

All walks meet at the time and place stated on the programme.
There are 3 meeting places, convenient for travelling to the walk start location.
Please let the Walk Leader know if you intend to meet at the walk start point, in case there is a change in arrangements.

Code Location Post Code Grid Ref
H Haslington  Village Car Park, Waterloo Road CW1 5TF SJ 72 55
A Acton  Nantwich, Car Park opposite Star Inn CW5 8LD SJ 63 52
NL Nantwich Lake  Car Park CW5 7AD SJ650514


Travel to Walk Location

If you don't have your own transport you can be sure of a lift if you can get to our initial meeting points

Travel is normally by private car, but non-drivers are always welcome. We usually arrange lifts between the walkers assembled at the meeting point.  It is usually done by mutual sharing arrangements from week to week. 

We have a voluntary fuel cost tariff for car sharing, and suggest that each passenger supports the driver by contributing towards the cost of the round trip.
The suggested amount is shown under 'fuel share' alongside the listing of each walk in the six month Walk Programme and also within the details given for each forthcoming walk.




Clothing

Remember to wear or bring clothing and footwear which is appropriate for the weather and the terrain you are likely to encounter. Boots are recommended for all walks and are essential for walking in the hills. Conditions can vary widely between sheltered valleys and windswept moorlands and it can be wet and cold even on summer days, especially in storms.  Leaders have discretion to refuse to take inadequately prepared walkers.

It is useful to have a change of clothing/footwear in the car in the case the walk has been wet or muddy !

Food

For most walks it is advisable to carry sufficient food and drink for the duration of the walk.
On warm/hot days make sure you carry and drink enough water to avoid becoming dehydrated.
The walks are usually a full day out with stops for coffee/tea and a packed lunch break approximately half way.
For morning Pub Walks, lunch at the pub is optional.


Children

Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Dogs

Dogs may be allowed on walks at the leaderís discretion. Please seek the leaderís agreement BEFORE the day of the walk. Always ensure that your dog can be easily restrained, particularly on farmland.

First Aid / Accidents

The leader will carry the groupís First Aid Kit.
All accidents on group rambles should be reported to the secretary for inclusion in the accident book.

Every care is taken in planning walks and events. However Ramblers do not accept any responsibility for personal injury or loss of property when attending any of our rambles or functions.  Participation in any event is entirely at an individualís risk.

Please keep to the pace set by the leader, who will be governed by the slowest member of the party.  Do not go in front of the leader or leave the party without informing him/her. If you experience any difficulty inform the leader at once.

Help the leader make each event enjoyable.