Walking etiquette

Walking with the Totnes Group - please read carefully

  • Everyone is welcome on our walks but children under 16 years need to be accompanied by a parent or immediate adult family member.
  • Walkers must have suitable clothing, footwear, food and drink.
  • Please make sure that you are fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first: it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
  • For your own and others' safety please read and abide by any advice and guidelines issued by the organisers, and the instructions of the walk leader. Though walking is inherently one of the safest outdoor activities, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents.
  • Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the organisers or the walk leader in advance.
  • When someone has had 2 or 3 walks with the Group and wishes to continue, then they are expected to join the Ramblers’ Association.
  • Walkers meet at the grid reference given in the programme (the start of the walk). It is each walker’s responsibility to be at the start ready to depart at the stated time.
  • Walkers are strongly encouraged to share car journeys with other walkers.
  • Restricted parking at the start may apply, see programme for details.
  • Car drivers are asked to accept a voluntary contribution towards their costs of £3.00 from each passenger.
  • In the event of bad weather, walk leaders, at their discretion, may cancel the walk. When possible, this will be displayed on the group's web site the day before the walk. Walkers are therefore advised to check the group's web site in the event of bad weather or phone the leader before setting out to ensure that the walk has not been cancelled.
  • Dogs, other than Registered Assistance Dogs, are not permitted on walks unless it specifically states so in the programme. When permitted, dogs must be under control and put on a short lead at the request of the Leader.
  • All those joining a walk do so at their own risk.