The Ramblers’ Association is a registered charity (England & Wales No 1093577, Scotland No SC039799) and company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (No 4458492)
Registered office: 2nd Floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW
Copyright © 2013 Severnside Ramblers
Your First Walk
You do not usually need to inform the walk leader that you are coming on a walk. However, it may be a good idea if you think that you may be a few minutes late or a specific request for numbers has been made (via telephone). Please aim to arrive 10 minutes before the departure time.
For the safety and consideration of other walkers (not to mention the wildlife), dogs must be kept on a lead at all times; if you have any doubt, phone the leader or a committee member for advice.
In addition, the walk leader can be a very useful source of information, especially if you would like to know more about:
· the physical demands of the walk (e.g. pace, terrain)
· whether there is a pub or other refreshment stop or
· what the parking situation is like.
Getting to a Walk
Meeting point for all walks (unless otherwise stated) is the Aldi Car Park, Brook Way, Bradley Stoke, BS32 9DA. This is served by CityLine service 73 (and 73A on Sunday). Alight at Bradley Stoke Surgery.
We operate a car share policy as the walks often start in rural or village locations without extensive car parking facilities or public transport links.
Contribution to petrol costs - drivers appreciate a donation towards petrol costs - suggested amount is 10p per mile per person. A suggested donation for each walk is given in the programme. We have capped the mileage donation at a maximum of £10 plus any tolls or parking charges where car journeys are in excess of 100 miles.
Safety and Equipment
Although walk leaders attempt to ensure that their walks are safe, you should note that individuals are responsible for their own safety and that of their property.
All walkers should bring protective and warm clothing as well as appropriate footwear. For your own safety, the walk leader may not be willing to include anyone on a walk who does not have suitable footwear or clothing for the terrain or weather conditions. Note: jeans are one of the worst things you can wear when it's wet, as they get cold and heavy and don't dry quickly!
Water and/or a hot drink and a snack or two to keep you going are also a good idea, as is a first aid kit. Assume there is no pub or cafe stop if none is mentioned. Please don't consume your own food anywhere on pub or cafe premises.
Note that it is also good practice not to walk mud into pubs and someone else's car, so plastic bags and clean footwear comes in useful. Boots may also need to be removed before going into some pubs or teashops.
We also have a few basic rules to ensure your safety and the reputation of the group :
Some basic rules
· Do not walk in front of the walk leader or attempt to force the pace
· if dropping behind the group for any purpose, please let the back marker know so that we don't leave you behind
· if you intend to leave the group mid-walk, inform the walk leader or back marker so that you are not missed
· and finally - be careful, considerate and above all, ENJOY yourself!