If you are thinking of joining a walk for the first time… start here!

If you are a non-member, whether an experienced walker or not, you are welcome to join us on our walks.

We do not charge, but if you wish to continue to walk with us regularly you will be expected to join the Ramblers Association after two or three walks. Only registered assistance dogs are allowed on the walks.

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

All the walks advertised show the distance and if there are hills. If you are not used to walking the distance shown it could be a good idea to take a walk yourself using an app on a mobile phone or other devise to ensure you are comfortable with that distance. The walks are circular walks, and are chosen because there is somewhere to park at the starting point.

Please do note, we do start dead on time and walkers usually gather about ten or 15 minutes before the start – so look out for parked cars and a group of cheery people wearing walking boots. The starting points are, obviously, rural places so they can take occasionally take longer to reach than one might imagine (and a little longer than the sat nav suggests!) so do allow plenty of time. If you arrive early you’ll have lots of people who have gathered 15 or 20 minutes before the start, and all of whom will be very happy to chat.

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 you are given a lift to and from the start it’s considered courteous to 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. If you have a query, please contact the leader (name and telephone number is given with the details of each walk).