Becoming a walk leader
A full walks programme depends on sufficient members volunteering to lead walks and we always welcome new walk leaders. If you are hesitant about volunteering don't worry, there is plenty of support available. When you first volunteer you will be sent a list of meeting places and grid references which other leaders have used, together with 'The Ramblers Walk Leader's Checklist', which covers the main things you will need to consider. Walk routes need not be new: your favourite local walk will be fine and in addition our Walks Organiser Jasmine List (01297 552313) has a number of walks available to get you started. You can always ask Jasmine or the Programme co-ordinator Alan Kimbell (01404 45944) or any member of the committee if you need any help planning, measuring or recceing a walk.
To assist new leaders and as a refresher to existing leaders, we run from time to time 'Map and Compass' and 'Leader Training' sessions. All very informal and fun; a good way to learn the basics, get advice and pick up some tips. Keep an eye on either the printed programme or look online Social Events and Activities.
Ramblers recommend that all new leaders should be familiar with the basic terms of the insurance cover as follows:
In order to qualify for Ramblers civil liability insurance, walks must:
You can also look in the Ramblers Toolkit for full Insurance Information
Planning the walk
It's best to start planning the walk as soon as possible. Our programmes last for four months and you need to send in your walk details at least two months before the start of the new programme, so you will often need to be planning walks six months or more before you are due to lead them, and at a different season of the year.
Things to consider:
Before the walk
Publishing the walk
Leader(s) - Leader's Contact Telephone - Walk Start Point - OS Map Grid Reference - Parking Charge (yes/no) - Brief Description - Description of Route - Date - Day - Start Time - Distance in Miles - Walk Grade - Dogs (on lead/assistance dogs only) - Picnic Required
For guidance on Dogs see Walking with Dogs
For help with OS map grid reference see Grid Reference Finder.
For further information, please see Leading a Walk.
Sunday 15 September 2019Starting at 10:30A strenuous 11 mile / 17.7 km walk
Sunday 15 September 2019Starting at 10:30A leisurely 8 mile / 12.9 km walk
Wednesday 18 September 2019Starting at 10:30A moderate 9.5 mile / 15.3 km walk
Wednesday 18 September 2019Starting at 10:30A moderate 8 mile / 12.9 km walk
Friday 20 September 2019Starting at 10:00A leisurely 5 mile / 8 km walk
Friday 20 September 2019Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk