A comprehensive checklist for leaders has been produced by the Ramblers National Office. It can be downloaded here.
There are also a few important local policies of which leaders need to be aware:
- Cancelling or changing walks: If extreme weather or similar circumstances force you to cancel a walk at short notice, it will not be possible to notify all those who are intending to come. The Walks Programme advises people, in the event of extreme weather, to check the website or to phone the walk leader. You can contact any of the following to post a brief note on the website: Carew Reynell, Tony Parsons, Tony Kerr - email and phone nos. are on the About Us > Contacts section of this site.
- You, or if you are ill a nominee, will still need to go to the meeting-point to inform people, and you may wish to have a safer or simpler walk proposal (for example, a lower-level variant).
- Back Markers. It is Bristol Ramblers' policy that leaders should arrange for a volunteer to undertake this role, except where there are only a handful of participants. The purpose of the backmarker is to make life easier for the leader, by reducing the need to stop to count the party: if the backmarker is in sight, the leader can be confident that the party is complete. It is good practice to change back marker after an hour or two.
There is a wide range of further information in the Walk Leaders' Good Practice Toolkit prepared by the Ramblers' National Office, which covers topics such as leading in remote areas, firsts aid, dogs on walks. It can be found here.