Do you want to join us on a walk? Before you do there is some important information which we would like you to know.
What do I need to wear and bring with me?
Please make sure you have the proper footwear (giving ankle support) and waterproof jacket and, if the weather is particularly wet waterproof trousers.
It is also useful to have:
- Warm layers (fleece, technical layers and Merino wool are ideal)
- Light weight trousers – jeans are not advisable
- A rucksack/daypack with space for food, water (1 litre is recommended for a full day's walk – more in hot weather)
- Clean shoes (to wear on the way home if you are car sharing)
- Packed lunch for a full day's walk
- Sun hat in summer; warm hat at other times
- For your own benefit it is recommended you carry a personal first aid kit. A suggested list is; sterile dressings large/small; eye pad, plasters, blister kit, triangular bandage, crepe bandage, safety pins.
- A whistle and in winter a torch.
Please note that with your Ramblers membership card you can get discounts for clothing and equipment from Cotswold Leisure (15%) and Taunton Leisure (15% and 20% on specific shopping evenings).
Walk leaders, especially on our harder walks (see below) may check if you have the appropriate kit. They reserve the right to refuse to take you if you have not got it. This may sound harsh but this is in your own best interests.
How do I know which walk is for my fitness level?
All our walks are graded:
C (Easy) – walks on reasonably level ground and at an easy pace.
B (Moderate) - walks which include some hills.
A/B – moderately strenuous walks
A (strenuous) walks that are generally harder than B walks; at a faster pace which may include harder hill climbs.
HW (Hill Walks) – walks at a faster pace, some up to 4,000ft and beyond of ascent, sometimes on rougher/wilder terrain. We recommend that you should do at least one A walk before participating in a hill walk.
BHW (B Hill Walks) walks that are generally more strenuous than a B walk with elevation tackled at a slower pace than A hill walks.
Evening walks (May to September) – walks between 3-7 miles, longer walks marked A are faster.
If you are in any doubt about which walk is suitable for you please contact the walk leader to discuss. Many of our walks include a pub or cafe stop. Please note that such a stop cannot be guaranteed on any walk.
What happens on a walk?
Well it all starts at the meeting point. You will find the details for the starting points for Wednesday, Saturday and evening walks in the programme. Where train and bus times are given in the programme it's advisable to check the times nearer the time. Ring Traveline 0871 2002233 (10p/min) or visit their website www.traveline.info
For Sunday walks the group meets outside St George's on Gt. George St (off Park Street), unless otherwise stated in the programme. Cars are shared at the start of the walk. For passengers a voluntary contribution of 10p per mile towards the cost of petrol is suggested, together with a share of any car parking charges or bridge tolls.
The leader will identify her or himself to the group (their name is also published on the Walks page) and once the official meet time is reached, they will ensure that people are organized into shared cars for lifts to the walk start point (they’ll also give the drivers instructions on how to get there).
Once all cars regroup at the walk start point, the walk leader will explain the walk and then you’ll set off.
Some important points to take on board to make things easier for our walk leaders:
- Please don’t rush ahead without the leader’s say so;
- Take a fair share of back marker duties;
- Tell the back marker if you are taking a comfort break;
- Be aware what is happening to the group and members of it;
- Make sure you can see those in front and those behind you;
- Make room for other walkers and
- When walking on roads, keep on the same side of the road, (usually the right hand side).
You are now set to come along on one of our rambles, however, after three walks we would expect you to join the Ramblers.
Our programme of walks is on our website. Please note that walk updates are shown on the home page.
If you still have any concerns or queries please contact a member of the committee.
We hope to see you soon!