Ramblers Routes difficulty ratings

Whilst each route is rated by the route developer and then reviewed by the route checker, difficulty ratings only serve as a guide and it’s important to study the complete route description to determine whether the route suits your abilities. The ratings used for our routes are:

  • Easy Access are routes for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy-access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections.
  • Easy routes are for anyone of a reasonable fitness level who doesn't have a mobility difficulty. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Paths are clearly identifiable on the ground.
  • Leisurely routes are for reasonably fit people. They may include unsurfaced paths. Walking shoes or boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended. Paths can be identified on the ground or through following clear landmarks.
  • Moderate routes are for people with a good level of fitness and at least a little country walking experience. May include some steep paths and open country. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended. Most paths are clearly defined but map reading skills are recommended.
  • Strenuous routes are for experienced walkers, with a high level of fitness. They may involve some pathless sections across wild valleys, rough country, open moorland or mountains tops. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are necessary. Paths may be unclear on the ground so map and compass skills are essential.
  • Technical routes are for very experienced walkers, with a high level of fitness and competence. They may involve some pathless sections across wild valleys, rough country, open moorland, or mountains tops. They may also involve some scrambling or exposed sections. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are necessary. Paths may be unclear on the ground so good map and compass skills are essential.

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