Frequently Asked Questions
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|What time do the walks start?||
'A' Walks usually start at 10:30, and 'B' Walks normally set off at 11 o'clock.
These times may be varied, for example if a bus is to be used for part of the walk. Any deviation from the normal start time will be made clear in the walk notes.
|What distance do the walks cover?||
Sunday and Wednesday 'A' walks can be 8-12 miles or more,
|What time do the walks end?||
Walking pace around town is 3-4 miles per hour, but over rough ground and field paths, in the company of fellow walkers, 2 miles per hour is more realistic. Add a quarter of an hour for a coffee stop (A walks only) and half an hour for lunch, and you can fairly easily estimate the duration of the walk.
|What do I need to wear?||
|What do I need to bring with me?||
No need for any of the following to start with, but as you become more more of a walking enthusiast, and maybe even progress to leading a walk, you might want to consider:
|How do I find the walk starting point?||
The walk details on the Forthcoming Walks page or in the paper programme will give you a Grid Reference.
If you are using the web site, click on the Grid Reference button to see a map of the area, with the start point highlighted. The walk details will usually include a postcode, which you can put into your car's sat-nav so it takes you straight there.
If the start point is in the middle of nowhere, the postcode will only take you to the nearest address, which may be some distance from the actual start point.
Website users can also see a Satellite View of the area around the start point, which might jog your memory of its whereabouts, and Street View of roads in the vicinity, to show you parking possibilities.
If you are using the paper programme and you don't recognise the starting point from its description, you'll need to find the Grid Reference on an OS (Ordnance Survey) map.
|Do you have a car sharing scheme?||
Some other South Devon walking groups do have car sharing schemes, but these mostly rely on members living over a fairly small area, and on walks taking place on Sundays, when free parking is more readily available for cars left behind. We have reluctantly concluded that given the wide area over which our members live, and the number of our walks which take place on weekdays, it is best to leave our members to make their own arrangements between themselves. You will certainly see a number of cars arrive at each walk with several occupants.
|Do I need to worry about ticks?||
A tick is a small creature, not strictly an insect, which makes its living by sucking blood from other animals, including humans, that it latches on to and sucks blood from. After some hours, when the tick has had its fill, it drops off and climbs up a nearby plant, there to wait for its next meal to come along. Sheep and your dog are more likely to become victims of a tick than you are, but it's worth knowing what to do if you encounter one.
A tick can carry disease, and may pass it on to its victim, which becomes more likely the longer the tick stays in place. It's best not to try pulling it off by hand, as it may disintegrate, leaving part of itself inside you. You can extract it with tweezers, but much more easily using a plastic tool which pulls it out whole. These tools are available on line for about £5, and are very easy to use. For more about ticks, look here, and for removal tools look here.
|Does the walk go ahead whatever the weather?||
Cancellation of a walk is at the leader's discretion, in the advent of adverse weather being forecast, and will be notified to all e-mail subscribers a day or so beforehand. We are always looking at ways to improve how we notify walk cancellations to members who do not have e-mail. If you need to know whether a walk will be going ahead, you can always phone the leader beforehand.
|What type of walk should I start with, A or B?||
This depends on what distance you are used to. If you're not sure you can manage the length of an A Walk, try a B Walk first instead. You aren't tied to either group, and many of our walkers go on both A and B walks as the fancy takes them.
|Will I be able to keep up with the other walkers?||
Our guiding principle is that the pace of the walk is that of the slowest walker, so that no-one gets left behind. If necessary the leader will wait occasionally, for any stragglers to catch up.
|What qualifications does the walk leader have?||
Our walk leaders are ordinary members, who have concluded that there is no rocket science involved in leading a walk, and who have therefore volunteered (or been persuaded!) to help share the load on other walk leaders. Most of them have an occasional mishap, such as getting slightly lost, but will do their utmost to learn from any mistake. Our leaders do not have any formal training or qualifications, but they are given guidelines to work to, and will do their best to see that everyone has a good day out. You are reminded that you are responsible for your own safety.
|Can I bring my .... ?||
Your well-behaved dog is welcome, unless stated otherwise in the programme. Please see the section about dogs on our Walking Guidelines page.
We'll be happy to see any children, grandchildren or visiting adults you may care to bring along, and if they start coming regularly, we'll be delighted to sign them up as members. Please take particular care for any young people in your charge, on roads or near steep drops.
|What is the history of Newton Abbot Ramblers?||
We started off as a small group back in 1978, and have grown steadily ever since, to the point where we now have around 400 paid-up members, a handful of whom have been with us almost since day one. At the time of writing (early in 2018) we are busy planning how we intend to celebrate our 40th anniversary.
Not all of us are active walkers, which is just as well as it takes an awfully long time to get a large group over a stile! As members become less mobile, many of them continue paying their subs to enjoy our other activities, where they can stay in touch with their former walking companions.
The Past Walks Archive page of this web site is a record of our walks from 1979 to the present, and currently has almost 7000 entries.
Our activities are co-ordinated by a Committee of around a dozen volunteers, each subject to re-election by members at our Annual General Meeting. Officers retire from time to time, usually after several years of service, and are then replaced by any paid-up member who cares to stand for election to the vacant post.
|What insurance do you have?||
We carry third party (civil liability) insurance, further details of which may be found in the Summary of Cover document provided by our insurer.
|Why does it cost so little to join?||
Our walk leaders and our officers are all volunteers. Our main cost is printing and posting our twice yearly programme booklet.
|Are members entitled to any discounts?||
Yes. The Cotswold Outdoor Centre at Darts Farm near Exeter will give you a discount, usually 15%, on production of the current letter from our Chair and programme booklet, which are posted to our members every six months. So, don't forget to hang on to that letter!
|Do you offer any activities other than walks?||
We certainly do. Have a look at our Other Activities page.
|What personal information about members do you keep?||
Your name, address, phone number and e-mail address are stored in our database, which is available to our elected officers for administrative purposes only. We also record payment of your membership fee, and your member number, cross-referenced to that of any spouse or partner. Finally, we may also store which walks you prefer to go on, and whether you are a walk leader.
None of the information we hold about you will be passed on to anyone else without your permission.
For more detail, please see our EU GDPR Security Statement.