Walking

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Walking with Cleeve

We produce three walks programmes each year. Longer walks, 7-10 miles typically, are led every Sunday, and on the first Wednesday of each month, we have a shorter walk that ends with a pub/cafe lunch.

Sunday walks may begin up to 25 miles from Cheltenham, whereas the shorter Wednesday walk is usually closer to home.

Unless indicated otherwise all walks start at 10 A.M. Sunday walks often include a picnic lunch

COVID-19 Safety notes

  • The maximum number of walkers is 30. Specific walks may set a lower maximum, and this will be clearly displayed in the walk details.
  • In the event the maximum number is exceeded, selection will be on a first come, first served basis.
  • Walkers contact details will be taken for track and trace purposes. Please bring your registration card with you to simplify registration.
  • Please maintain social distancing whilst on the walk.

Ramblers regularly update their information on taking part in COVID-safe walks, which can be found here.

 

Notes for new walkers

If you would like to join us, then it is only necessary to get to the start and introduce yourself to the leader. Prospective members can walk with us up to three times before joining.

Walk leaders will have done a recce in advance, so the distance and difficulty level is reasonably accurate.

The start point is given by a post code and an O.S. grid reference. Bear in mind that the post code is the nearest post code, and may be some distance from the actual start point.

If you haven't walked for some time, then try a short and easy walk first.

Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your fitness, then contact the leader in advance.

Bear in mind that there is always the possibility of unexpectedly difficult terrain or conditions. Walking boots are essential, as is suitable clothing for variable weather conditions.

Only registered assistance dogs may accompany walkers.


Walk organisation

Cleeve group create three walks programmes each year. These run from March-June, July-October and November-February. Each program is the reponsibility of a Walks co-ordinator, whose tasks include:-

  • Contacting the walk leaders to arrange the date for the walk.
  • Ensuring that the proposed walk details are complete, and are not effectively identical to other imminent walks.
  • Liasising with the Walks editor (Annie White) who will upload the walk details to the web.

During the month prior to a new walks period, a new walks programme will be made available via the news letter and the web site.


Walk leaders

Ramblers have set some requirements for walk leaders that include:-
  • Walks leaders must be registered on Assemble
  • They must complete a risk assessment.
Complete information can be found here.
 
In addition walk leaders
  • Guidelines

Wednesday walks should not be more than 5 miles nor too demanding, and usually end in a pub/cafe for lunch.
Sunday walks are 5 miles or more. Typically 7-9 miles, and occasionally longer. If a picnic lunch is required please state this explicitly in your description.
These are not proscriptive guidelines, and we welcome all walk proposals.
As we need to distribute printed copies of the walks list, leaders should submit their walk details six weeks before the start of the walk period. Thus for the period March-June, please submit before the middle of January.
  • Organising a walk

  • Follow this link to identify and select the date of your walk. Then click on this WalksCoordinator link to start an email so that your date can be confirmed and the walks planning site updated.
  • When you have all the details of your proposed walk available please download this editable form. Open the form with your PDF viewer, complete all the fields, and save it to disk.
  • Then click on this Walks link to start an email to be sent to the Walks editor and current Walks coordinator. Ensure you attach the form that you have just saved.

If you are unfamiliar with PDF files, please follow this link

  • Changing/Cancelling a walk

    As you submit your walk some months in advance, there is always the possibility that you will be unavailable on the due date. Should this occur please try to find another leader to take over your walk.
If you need to change/cancel a walk please email  Annie White.
If you are cancelling at short notice and cannot reach Annie, then call Gerry O'Driscoll on 07514 138643.
  • After your walk

Please email  Brian Payne to let him know the number attending.

The Ramblers walk leaders toolkit has a comprehensive range of advice and documents available for members.