c. Advice to walkers

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What to bring

Food and drink, wear stout footwear and carry waterproof clothing in case of wet weather. If possible bring a first aid kit - plasters, insect-bite cream, wet wipes etc... and a mobile phone. Particularly in winter, when conditions can be treacherous, it is a good idea to carry a survival bag. Such bags can be bought from Millets or Cotswolds for about £4.00 each.

Start points for walks

Indicated by a six-figure grid reference, with a 2 letter prefix - eg SU 733107 is the east end of Rowlands Castle green

Car sharing to walks

It is Group policy to promote car-sharing as much as possible, primarily for environmental reasons, but also to enable people who do not drive to join our walks. Drivers often appreciate it when a voluntary contribution is made by passengers and as a guide, 7p per mile per passenger is considered a reasonable amount to cover the costs incurred by the driver. You will see that 'Phone leader to arrange lift' appears in the current programme for some walks. We hope that leaders will be able to put people in contact with existing car-sharers. Please note that not all leaders will be able to operate in this way, and a lift cannot always be guaranteed, but we will do our best.

No walk arranged

Where this is shown in the programme a walk may be organized at short notice. If so, the leader should provide the Programme Secretary with the details and walkers should check with him nearer the time.  Walkers can find out about any extra walks from the group website (or Walks Finder), or by calling 023 9273 2649

Cancellation of walks

If the weather (or forecast) is very bad, or if any doubt exists whether the walk will take place, it is the responsibility of the walker to contact the leader to check if the walk is still on.

Safety and leaders authority

Leaders do their best to ensure safe walks, but those taking part do so at their own risk. Please adhere to the leader's instructions, especially on busy roads and observe the Country Code at all times. Please do not walk ahead of the leader and tell the leader or back-marker if you intend to drop behind the main group.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed unless otherwise stated, but they must be kept under strict control. If this is not complied with, owners will be asked not to bring the dog on future walks.