If you are unable to lead a walk as planned due to illness, try to find another leader or advise a committee member.
Remember the additional responsibilites as per your completed Risk Assessment form e.g. Walk register and maintaining social distance, see Ramblers Volunteer Zone: Coronavirus advice.
The day before the walk
At the start
Arrive early, welcome walkers especially any visitors or new members.
Minimum number of walkers - this is at the leader's discretion and will depend on the route, terrain, and weather conditions. Taking at least four walkers will ensure you can leave someone with a casualty, and send two walkers for help. Before cancelling a walk bear in mind that people might have travelled a long way to reach a start point.
Appoint and brief the backmarker (if you don't already have one) preferably before your welcome talk. Provide them with a map of your route if you can. Count the party with the backmarker.
Introduce yourself and backmarker: give details of the walk route, the walk grade and pace, points of interest, refreshment and convenience stops, mileage and approximate finish time. Highlight any places where extra care is needed. Introduce new walkers to the group.
Outline your expectations of how walkers can help: these might include
On the walk
Some good practice points -
Walking through livestock -
The following link provide access to the Ramblers Toolkit where you might find Walk Leader information useful.
Enjoy the walk.
At the end of the walk
Ideally you will have recced the walk with the leader and be familiar with the route but often this isn't practical so the leader should brief you about the walk before the start or provide you with a map of the route.
Friday 1 July 2022Starting at 10:00A leisurely 4.5 mile / 7.2 km walk
Friday 1 July 2022Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Sunday 3 July 2022Starting at 10:30A leisurely 8 mile / 12.9 km walk
Sunday 3 July 2022Starting at 10:30A moderate 11 mile / 17.7 km walk
Wednesday 6 July 2022Starting at 10:30A leisurely 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Wednesday 6 July 2022Starting at 10:00A moderate 10 mile / 16.1 km walk