How to be A Tyneside Rambler

How to be a Tyneside Rambler

Coming out with the Ramblers is probably very similar to lots of walks that you have already enjoyed.

There are however several points that may help you to prepare for a ramble:

  • The walks are usually linear, so you end up travelling along routes that cannot be attempted by a circular walk from a parked car

  • The walks are published on the website with any updates notified to us on the bus. You select your walk from a list of around 5 walks varying in length, ascent and difficulty. The groups will be dropped off at different points towards the common finish.

  • The walks are never cancelled if the weather is poor. They may be modified to help keep us safe.

  • You will need waterproofs.

  • The walks last around 5 hours so you will need sandwiches. We rarely look for food and drink in the middle of a walk.

  • You will need a waterproof mat or a carrier bag to sit on while you eat your lunch. There is often a shorter food stop (fruit break) in the afternoon so save something out of your lunchbox.

  • Bring enough liquid to keep you properly hydrated. This is really important on hot days.

  • You arrive in kit ready so that you can Ramble straight off the bus. At the end of the walk you will need to change out of your boots into other footwear. You may also wish to change other items of your clothing. Dirty kit cannot be worn on the bus.

  • You will need to bring this change of kit in a sports bag or holdall that will travel in the boot of the bus and that you will, and can only, access at the end of the walk.

  • Your walk leader will bring along all of the necessary tools for navigation (maps, guidebooks, GPS, compass, watch… ). You can bring duplicates if you wish, but there is no need to do so. If you wish you can just follow the leader and enjoy the experience.

  • The walks are not reconnoitred. That is half the fun. The route will be well planned and will be well known to some of the experienced walkers. If a path has been overgrown or a ford is impassable then the group will have to come up with a solution.

  • The groups aim to converge at the parked-up coach at similar times. The aim is to have an hour in a pub or café at the end of the walks. This hour acts as a buffer for groups that have encountered minor delays.

  • From May 2018 we need to conform to the data protection act. Tyneside Ramblers only hold information that you have given to them and you may be asked to confirm that you agree to this information being held by the group. It would routinely consist of name and contact details. Emergency contact information is retained for as long as you are a member. Registers and records of booking are destroyed when they are no longer of immediate use. (Full details on the National website pages).

  • You should carry a piece of paper in a waterproof section of your rucksack listing your name, address, contacts and medical needs.

  • Leaders will do everything possible to keep you safe, but in the end the responsibility for your safety rests with you.

  • You may wish to carry in your rucksack a head torch, walking poles, spare food, space blanket, spare layer, whistle, and small first aid kit. This will probably depend upon the type of walk you are choosing (high moor in winter/riverbank in summer).

  • On your first time out with the Ramblers it is usual to choose a walk that is well within your capabilities. You do not want to begin your Rambling by being unable to keep up.

  • For the return coach journey to Newcastle you will be wearing your clean shoes and the driest kit that you can muster. No dirty kit is allowed inside the coach. The coach boot will remain closed until we reach Newcastle. If you are getting off at one of the very few "drop off points" then you will need your bags with you inside the coach.

  • If you consider yourself to have a disability, or have any issues relating to access then please discuss your specific needs when you book the walk.

  •  Oh. There are hardly ever any proper toilets on the walks. We tend to go behind walls and hedges. A cry of “men (or women) forward” may sound like the opening of some medieval battle but is in fact a call to urinate. Now you know everything.