New to the group or new to walking? Some hot tips to help you join us.
Can I just turn up?
If you want to join us on any walk, all you need to do is turn up at the right time and place. For socials please read the description to find out if booking is required. Further information can be found in our events listings.
Where do you meet?
Each walk shows the start point for each walk with a link to a map, description, grid reference and a postcode. Some rural car parks can be a little way from the postcode, please check the map and description of the location.
How do I get to a walk, if I don’t have my own transport?
Do I have to join first?
No. All walks listed are open to the general public come along and try us. We are part of and funded by the Ramblers and when you’ve joined us on three walks we ask that you join The Ramblers.
Do I have to attend an Introductory Walk first?
No, you’re welcome to come on any walk for your first time. Our introductory walks are generally shorter and more leisurely paced and give you an opportunity to ask the team who help run the group any questions you may have.
Do I have to wear special footwear?
Trainers should be adequate on most of our shorter walks (less than 8 miles), but stronger shoes are advisable for any walk longer than 8 miles. Please also bear in mind that the terrain can be muddy in places at any time of the year, so your trainers may get muddy!
What about breaks and food?
You will need to bring water, a couple of 500ml bottles even in winter and a few snacks or lunch for a longer walk. Read the Ramblers advice on food and drink when out walking.
Are dogs allowed on walks?
Generally yes, it will usually be in the walk description if not. It is always best to contact the walk leader to discuss the terrain and amount of livestock en route. Please read the Dog Walking Code before bringing your dog.
I’m new to walking – how do I know if I’ll be fit enough?
Anyone of a reasonable level of fitness should be capable of one of our shorter walks (less than 7 miles). If you’re looking for a suitable first walk to test your level of fitness, look for a leisurely walk and then depending on how you found the walk, you can work your way up to more demanding walks.
The walks are graded – what does this mean?
We use the Ramblers walks grading with most walks being Leisurely or Moderate.
Leisurely – walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience/ May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
Moderate – walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
See the Ramblers walks grades for more information.
Does it cost anything to walk with us?
It’s free to attend any of our walks. Once you have enjoyed three walks with us we ask that you join the group as a member of the Ramblers, for more information about joining please check out the become a member page