Walking Guidance Notes
Walking Group mobile phones: 07546069085 and 07522958435
Walks are graded to give some idea of what to expect
- Stroll: A short walk at an easy pace with frequent stops. Warning is given about inclines or difficulties
- Easy: Undemanding and mainly level with occasional gentle ascents or descents. There may be a few stiles.
- Moderate: Some uphill/downhill stretches “ uneven walking“ several stiles.
- Energetic: Some longer steep hills and rough ground – may be many stiles.
Please book with the leader of the walk by the date given and arrive in good time before the start to boot-up and order lunch etc. Be sure to cancel with the leader if you are subsequently unable to take part; one of the group phones will be turned on on the morning of the walk so that you can make contact in the event of a last minute delay or you become lost.
Wear suitable shoes/boots and clothing for the walk and do not over-estimate your abilities.
An attendance fee of 50p is charged for each walk attended.
Dogs are not allowed on walks.
Members may bring a guest but the guest must not displace a member if spaces on the walk are limited.
We usually stop for a 15-20 minute coffee-break after about an hour; so, as well as refreshments, something to sit on can be useful on wet ground.
Carefully read the walk description to ensure that you are capable of walking the route at a moderate pace (about 2 miles per hour) without risk to health. Remember that a short moderate walk may be more demanding than a longer easy one.
Dress sensibly. Make sure that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the weather expected. A walking pole or stick can be of great help.
Remember to carry any medications that you might need. There will normally be a coffee stop so carry food, and water, especially on hot days. It is sensible to carry a small first aid kit. A whistle is a good way of attracting attention if you need help.
Follow instructions given by the leader. Keep those in front and those behind you, in sight all the time.
Keep to the route indicated by the leader: do not devise shorts cuts, etc. If you wish to leave the walk, you must let the leader know.
Walk in single file on roads and heed any advice about crossing roads given by the leader.
Be aware of the danger from ticks and hence tick-borne diseases, particularly in the summer months and near animals. Dress appropriately, e.g. long trousers rather than shorts; trousers tucked into boots, socks or gaiters.
Each walker is ultimately responsible for carrying out a personal risk assessment for every walk they undertake.
Carry identification in case of accident: name, date of birth, emergency contact number, doctor’s number, essential medications. (ICE Card)
Carry your U3A membership card which may be checked.
Classify your walk as STROLL/EASY/MODERATE/ENERGETIC. Mention any steep climbs and stiles.
Aim to carry out a walk-over (with your co-leader) of your proposed route not more than two weeks beforehand.
Consider all the points in the national U3A walk leaders risk assessment (attached below). Take action as you consider necessary.
Limit your walk to a maximum number that you think you can safely manage.
Have a co-leader to act as back-marker: count the party at the start and at suitable points during the walk. The back marker needs to know the planned route in case the party gets split.
Liaise with Sylvia Murdoch to obtain the leader’s pack (contains: phone & charger, first aid kit, hi-viz vests)
Carry the walking group first aid kit; however remember that you may not be qualified to give medical advice. However there may well be a member with medical training and experience on the walk.
Set a pace of about 2 miles per hour plus coffee and lunch/tea stops. Indicate on walk details if lunch is to be late. Ensure that those finding the pace difficult have sufficient time to rest and recover, even if this is not favoured by more energetic members.
Carry a map, the group mobile phone (as well as your own). A GPS receiver is useful for pinpointing location. Switch on the group mobile phone before you leave home and keep it on until the walk is over.
If your walk is along roads where traffic is expected, use the Group yellow vests for the leader and back-marker. Walk in single file and face on-coming traffic except where visibility is obscured.
Ask for volunteers to write a report on and take photos of the walk and forward them to: email@example.com.
Having collected 50p from each walker, pass the money together with a note of date, walk number, number of walkers and total to Tony Barrett or Sylvia Murdoch.
Walkers on the email list will be sent full details of walks every other month. If you require a paper copy of the walking programme, there is a charge of £4 p.a., payable at the Walking Group AGM or the Enrolment Meeting. This will be sent to you by post.
We are affiliated to the Ramblers Association and the membership card may be used to obtain a 10% discount on walking gear in most local outlets. Please contact Richard Hart or Tony Barrett if you need a copy of the card.
All walkers and leaders are covered by U3A third party insurance even in the case of negligence, although it is assumed that all will conduct themselves with common sense.
Leaders, when sending details of their walks to the walks coordinator for inclusion in future programmes, need to supply the following details:
Preferred date; length of the walk; grade, i.e. stroll/easy/moderate/energetic; lunch arrangements, e.g. pub, picnic etc
Meeting Place with post code and/or grid reference; meet time and start time.
Directions to the meeting place
Details of the walk, e.g. outline of the route; type and state of ground; steep gradients; number of stiles.
Any special instructions or information.