Rambling or Walking, call it what you will, in a group may be summed up by the three F's, Fun, Fellowship and Footpaths.
It's Fun because walking in the company of others is good for your mind, soul and body. Preparation though is essential to ensure you don't spoil that fun.
Before you set out, check the weather and ensure you are dressed accordingly and also have available those other essential items of clothing tucked away in your rucksack to cope with the vagaries of our English weather. As well as suitable footwear too, always have with you: -
This is by no means a definitive list.
If you are attending an organised walk do ensure you know where the start point is. On the web site each walk has the start point shown on a map. For the most accurate information on your start point for the walk, download the What 3 Words App to your smart 'phone. Key in the three words shown on the walks programme for that walk and you will be provided with a route to the destination, accurate to within 3 metres. Too, there will be a Grid Reference, accurate to within 100 metres of where the start point is. The nearest Post Code will be shown. But remember, Post Codes give the location of the nearest building or facility to the start location, potentially some way away from the actual start. So again, give yourself enough time to get there and get ready.
Walk Leaders will like to leave on time, it assists with planning and organising comfort breaks, coffee and lunch breaks and just getting to where the group needs to be at the time it needs to be there. Get the Walk Leaders mobile number keyed into your Contacts as a fallback position.
There may be the opportunity to use Public Transport and Walk Leaders will provide details of the local Bus Service whenever appropriate, providing start times to accommodate. This is particularly relevant for linear walks!! Too, consider car sharing. The less cars on the road the better.
Once you have arrived, as well as getting your boots and gear on, consider doing a few stretches before you start, to loosen yourself up. Too, a few at the end of the walk would not go amiss to mitigate those all too familiar aches and pains the next day and often the day after that!
Fellowship. Being with like-minded people doing something they all enjoy is, more often than not, very rewarding. Sharing experiences, pleasures and problems, holidays, medical, spiritual, family, whatever, provides ideas, perspective and often solutions to what goes on in our lives.
Well behaved canines are welcome on most of our walks but please check the walk information to confirm. Too, a useful reference point is on the Ramblers website, About Group Walks
Footpaths. We choose our environment but need to be mindful of the fact that our choice brings with it responsibility. The network of footpaths and bridleways we tread safely on a regular basis does not just happen. Be considerate to others and make sure you follow the Countryside Code, which has just been updated (April 2021).
Report problems with Footpaths and Bridleways (PROW's). This can be done via the Ramblers site, Pathwatch, or in our area, direct to West Sussex County Council. This is by way of an online form, link: Report a Problem with a Right of Way
The form is quick and easy to fill in and submit. Too, photos in support are very useful to the Rights of Way Officer and the Access Ranger.
Experience is the system works well with prompt and proportionate response to what is being reported.
Now you see it .. Now you don't ..
Wednesday 17 August 2022Starting at 10:15A leisurely 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Saturday 20 August 2022Starting at 09:30A moderate 11 mile / 17.7 km walk
Sunday 21 August 2022Starting at 10:00A leisurely 8.5 mile / 13.7 km walk
Wednesday 24 August 2022Starting at 10:00A moderate 7 mile / 11.3 km walk
Saturday 27 August 2022Starting at 09:30A moderate 11 mile / 17.7 km walk