Guide for walkers and walk leaders

'The Ramblers' walk leader toolkit, which can be found at:

this contains a walkleader checklist which can be downloaded and printed. Alternatively, waterproof copies are available from walks coordinators. Further details on good practices, which have been created by Totnes Ramblers, are given below. There are also separate sections on this website about walking etiquette and in the case of emergencies / incident reporting.


Notes for Walkers, Back Markers and Walk Leaders


ln order to maximise the safety and enjoyment of all please follow the walk leader's directions concerning -:

setting the pace of the walk

walking toward traffic on the road

leaving gates open/shut as found

walking single file through cropped fields.

Keep "in touch” with those ahead of and behind you.

Tell the back marker if you are dropping behind the group

When allowed by the walk leader, keep close control-of dogs and put them on a lead when requested.

Back Markers

Keep everyone in front of you or at least know who is behind you.

When road walking, wear a high visibility jacket/vest.

Let the leader know if the group spreads out.

Account for "all back" on completion of the walk.

Walk Leaders

Know your route. Bring map, compass, whistle, first aid kit. 

Remind yourself of what is written in the programme.

Your walk should be contained within the stated mileage to avoid tired, late ramblers behind you!

Briefly outline your route; if you need to change it for any reason, tell the group.

Note the number of walkers and if there are 10 or more walkers appoint a back marker

When road walking, wear a high visibility jacket/vest.

Stop and give clear directions about -

Walking toward traffic, on the road or as necessary

Crossing cropped fields i.e. single file

Leaving gates as found - open/closed.

Plan rests and meal breaks as appropriate; allow sufficient time for the last arrivals.

Check your numbers after any stops.

lf, for any reason, you are unable to lead your walk, find a replacement and warn the Programme Co-ordinator.