General notes

GENERAL NOTES

Non-members, whether experienced walkers or not, are welcome to join us on our walks. We do not charge, but if they wish to continue to walk with us regularly they will be expected to join the Ramblers Association after 2 or 3 walks. Dogs are allowed at the discretion of the leader. Please check beforehand if you wish to bring your dog. Remember that dogs, however well trained, must be on a lead where animals are grazing and in Nature Reserves. Leaders may request single file walking where appropriate and will also regulate the pace to slower members. It is usual and courteous for party members not to walk in advance of the leader, unless otherwise directed. If you wish to join or leave a walk other than at the start or finish the leader must be notified.

Please make sure that you are fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you are unsure of your fitness, try a short and easy walk first. It is much better to find that a walk is a little too slow and easy rather than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Our walks on Thursdays are between 4.5 miles and 5.5 miles, while the Sunday walks are between 6 miles and 9 miles.  You should ensure that you have an adequate level of fitness to tackle such a walk before joining one of our groups.

If you have not walked such distances before you will probably find it best to start with a Walking for Health Walk programme.

If you want to see what our walks are like please do have a look at…

The Rambling Diaries and The photo diaries

BEFORE THE WALK

If you would like to join us for a walk either as a registered member of Peterborough Ramblers or if joining us for the first time, you must contact the leader (as listed on the forthcoming walks page) first of all.  Bookings open at 9am six days before the walk.

Please note that walks are normally limited to 30 people, although this may be varied up or down by the walk leader depending on the terrain, number of styles etc etc.  

Also please note that walks do start dead on time.  This is to ensure walks in winter are concluded in the hours of daylight – but the rule of starting exactly at the allotted time applies throughout the year.

There is no need to join the Ramblers at this point, but if you enjoy walking with us, then after a couple of walks we would hope that you would join the Ramblers which you can do on this page

You can contact Peterborough Ramblers via our group secretary Jane, by email at janehogg44@gmail.com, and we would ask that you do this before attending your first walk with us.

GROUP NOTES

Please read the appropriate notes below before you go on a walk – there may be something you need to know!

SUNDAY WALKERS

We meet every two weeks on Sundays throughout the year for circular walks of between 6 and 12 miles. Bring along a packed lunch and a drink. If people are given a lift, could they please make an appropriate voluntary contribution towards the cost of the journey. Please contact the leader if you have any questions.

THURSDAY WALKERS

Our aim is to offer a programme of weekly circular walks of around 5 miles. We enjoy ‘leisurely’ walks, but they are more demanding than mere ambles, so a certain level of fitness is required. We start our walks promptly at the published time. Please park sensibly in and around the villages. If you have a query, please contact the leader (name and telephone number is given with the details of each walk).

ONLY REGISTERED ASSISTANCE DOGS ARE PERMITTED ON OUR WALKS.

WALK LEADERS

You are reminded that you should adhere to the guidance given in the Walk Leader’s Checklist. If you do not yet have a copy, please request it from the Group Secretary/Membership Secretary. Some important points are given below. Please make sure you also follow the guidance issued in relation to planning and leading walks whilst coronavirus is a widespread within the community. This includes recording risk assessments and maintaining registers, to ensure walks are both Covid-19 safe and enjoyable for all. Check the national guidance on the Ramblers website if you are uncertain, and contact the Group Secretary if you do not have the necessary local documents.

A leader is able to listen well and is a good communicator with both the group and the backmarker. He/she has the navigation skills for the grade of walk; is friendly and welcoming; is able to be assertive without being rude; and is observant of the group, the environment and any risks.

Do please recce the route in advance, preferably with your backmarker. Check the weather forecast and take a charged phone, first aid kit and whistle with you. Arrive at the starting point early, brief your backmarker if necessary, know who is starting the walk and give an overview before you set off. Set a pace to suit the group, stay in sight of or communication with your backmarker, allow time to regroup, and be alert to any problems.

At the end of the walk, check that everyone has returned safely, report any path or access issues and report any incidents/near misses to Ramblers GB on an Incident Report Form (see separate entry below).

REMINDER

If you are undertaking any work on behalf of the Ramblers, travelling costs can be reimbursed. 28p per mile can be claimed for car use; bus or train fares can also be claimed. Work for the Ramblers includes recce of a walk, attending group or area meetings, footpath work. Money can be claimed from your group treasurer. Please check with them what evidence they will require for audit purposes.

ACCIDENTS

Accidents are infrequent but leaders need to know what to do if one occurs. If the walk has to be abandoned, someone must look after the main group whilst others look after the sick or injured person.

If help has to be summoned, first make a careful note of the exact location. At least one person should stay with the injured person while at least two people go for help. The leader (or someone nominated by the leader) should note what has happened for the Accident Report.

As soon as practicable after the end of the walk, the Accident Report should be written up. Don’t forget date, time and location, plus your signature as walk leader. Format is not important. This must then be sent to the Group Secretary, who will add it to the accident records.

If the walking surface, a structure such as a bridge or stile, or obstructions such as barbed wire may be held responsible, the Group Secretary will send a copy to the Group Footpath Officer, who will forward it to the relevant authority.

REPORTING FOOTPATH PROBLEMS

If you find problems on public footpaths in the Peterborough area, please report them to Peterborough City Council by phone on 01733 747474, or email ask@peterborough.gov.uk, subject line “Please pass on to the Rights of Way Officer” and let your Group Footpath Secretary know about it.

THIRD PARTY INCIDENT REPORT

Walk leaders need to be aware of and formally file a report on any incident or near miss involving a third party person or property. This is necessary to ensure that Ramblers GB are advised on any potential insurance claim.

POSTCODES

The booklet includes postcodes in the descriptions to aid drivers using sat-nav devices. We hope you find this information helpful. Please note that these postcodes are only approximate. Generally they are taken from a nearby pub, church or village hall – but a lay-by in the middle of nowhere may have no such convenient reference point. No liability is, therefore, held for any inaccuracies.

The Ramblers

You can join the Ramblers Association on line, by post or by phone with an example of membership types including from £36.60 annual, £49.00 joint or £800.00 for life membership. As a member you can walk with any group, receive four issues of Walk magazine a year, access to the Ramblers app showing thousands of routes and many of the latest walking features, 15% off Cotswold Outdoor.