This guide is intended for members who are prepared to organise and lead walks. All walks demand careful planning and co-ordination, and it is wise to make sure that you have covered every eventuality. New walk leaders should liase with Walks Programme Secretary (ies) and see if 'mentoring' or 'buddying' can be offered, whereby you will learn from an experienced Walk Leader.
There are 3 programmes per year. The programmes is published in mid January, May and September so the Walks Programme Secretary will require full walk details no later than one month before the date of publication. These details should contain the following information;
Choose your walk area according to suitability for time of year. Use an OS map and/or book of recommended walks.
Choose pub and phone or call in personally to check that they are willing to accommodate numbers which might be anything from 6 to 20. Make it clear that this will be a Sunday. Arrange to collect or have e-mailed the menu and offer to phone in the order at start of walk. If fig of 8, check parking situation, whether pub open for members to use the facilities and place lunch order before setting off.
The recce is important to ensure that you can find your way around the route and to check for potential hazards or problems such as busy roads and impassable paths. Do contact committee if you need help/company during a recce; this is advisable for obvious reasons, not least to ensure someone to be your backmarker on the day.
Things to be aware of: