We try to have as few rules as possible. What few we do have are mostly common sense, and they are aimed at seeing that you and all our other walkers have a safe and enjoyable day out.
Each walker is primarily responsible for his or her own safety, particularly when crossing or walking along a road. If much traffic is likely, the leader may ask you to walk along in single file.
Please see the separate section on Dogs, further down this page.
Unless you are asked to go on ahead, try to remain behind the walk leader at all times.
If you decide to leave a walk part way through for any reason, please let the leader know.
If you are a smoker and you need to light up during a walk, please make sure you are downwind of other members of the group.
The walk leader will do a head-count at intervals during the walk, to make sure no-one has been left behind, but if you have a mobile phone then it might be an idea to carry a note of the leader's mobile number, so you can call them if you become separated from the group. If your phone has Internet access when away from home (mobile data) then there's no need to write anything down, as the leader's number may be found on the Forthcoming Walks page of our website.
It is possible to walk across a cattle grid, but you may hurt yourself quite badly trying it. Our walk leaders are under standing orders to ask walkers to use the bypass gate or stile, which is provided at every cattle grid.
Some of the paths taken by our walks may include trip hazards such as boulders or tree roots, or may be slippery at times, and walking on any kind of slope can make matters worse. If you do happen to take a tumble, there's a very good chance you will make a soft landing and suffer no more than maybe a bruise, with other walkers coming to help you up and make sure you're OK.
If you think matters might be more serious, then get someone to stop the walk and tell the leader what has happened, in case help is needed. If it later turns out that you need to see a nurse or a doctor as a result of a mishap on a walk, then we will need to record the occurrence as an accident, in which case please contact your Walks Co-ordinator.
In Case of an Emergency (Walker's Passport)
As mentioned above, it is unlikely that you will suffer any major mishap whilst out on one of our walks. It is even less likely that you will be in need of assistance, but unable to communicate with those around you, who will wish to help.
However, just in case such a problem does occur, or if you have a health condition such as diabetes or epilepsy which might render you unable to speak for yourself, we offer our Walker's Passport form, which you are welcome to complete, print, place in a plastic wallet, and carry in your rucksack or a coat pocket.
It is entirely up to you whether or not you decide to complete this form, and you don't need to send it off anywhere. Whatever you write will remain confidential and unseen by anyone, unless circumstances make it necessary for it to be looked for.
If you ever need to change the information you have provided, or if you wish to carry more than one copy, you can complete and print your details as often as you wish.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on any walk, unless stated otherwise in the walk details. If your dog is likely to jump up at other people, please keep it on a lead. Having a dog for company on a walk is quite acceptable to most of us, but not all of us are actually dog lovers.
The walk leader may ask for your dog to be on a lead. This request is final, and not negotiable.
Please be very careful if using the extending type of lead which allows your dog to get some way away from you. These are often thin and not easily seen by others, which may result in another walker getting tangled up in the lead, falling over and being injured.
If your dog leaves any mess in the path of other walkers, please clean it up, and don't be offended if asked to do so by another walker.
If a farmer sees your dog worrying or threatening his livestock, he is legally entitled, as a last resort, to shoot it without warning.
Very rarely, cattle may attack a walker who has a dog, even though the dog is on a lead. This usually occurs only when a cow feels her calf is under threat. If this ever happens, let your dog off its lead so it can run away. A dog can outrun a cow, but a walker cannot, and there have been cases where attacks on people by cattle have been fatal.