What clothing and equipment do I need?
Please wear a pair of stout walking shoes or boots, and have waterproofs and a drink with you. Denim jeans and trainers are not suitable walking attire. The secret to enjoying walking is being comfortable. In addition to the usual gear, consider bringing along a mat or plastic sheet to sit on at lunchtime.
Essential - Walking boots, waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof over trousers, and a small (20-25L) rucksack containing a packed lunch, a bottle of water (and a thermos flask if you want to take a hot drink), a first aid kit and a whistle.
Recommended - Wicking (synthetic fibre) shirt, polycotton or synthetic fibre trousers, fleece/pullover, thick synthetic/wool mix socks, liner socks, hat, gloves, gaiters, walking pole(s), sit mat, rucksack liner/black bin bag, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Optional - Map, compass, map case, GPS, camera and binoculars.
Just turn up at the meeting point at the appropriate time and introduce yourself to the walk leader who will look after you. Please aim to arrive 10 minutes before the departure time.
What if I haven't got a car?
Don't worry, lifts are always available from the meeting point. Passengers are asked to make a voluntary donation towards the cost of petrol. Don't forget to bring a spare pair of shoes with you to leave in the car so you can change out of your muddy boots at the end of the walk.
Do I need to bring food with me?
Bring a picnic lunch with you. We may occasionally stop at a pub at lunchtime, but only for about half an hour or so. Please don’t consume your own food on pub or cafe premises.
Why do you only stop at pubs occasionally?
It is left entirely up to walk leaders to decide when and where morning, lunch and afternoon breaks take place. Any member can lead a walk, so if you like pub stops, perhaps you might consider leading the occasional walk.
Who decides where and when the group walks?
The individual members decide where, how far, and on which date they want to lead a walk. They then offer the details to our programme secretary for inclusion in the next walking programme. Willing volunteers to lead walks are always welcome.
Must I walk with the group every week?
No. Members can choose to walk all, most, some or none of the walks in the programme. There are members do not walk, choosing instead to support the aims of the Ramblers just by being a member.
Can I walk with other groups and still be a member of my group?
Yes. Members can walk with any Ramblers group at anytime. If you find that your group no longer meets your needs, you can always transfer your membership to another group.
Do I need to bring a map with me?
No. The walk leader will have the necessary map(s). By all means bring one along if you wish. Most of us like to have some idea of where we have been and where we are going.
Are dogs allowed on walks?
Owners are advised to contact the walk leader before bringing their dog(s) along. The law says that dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their dogs are kept under control at all times, even well behaved dogs. Dogs must be kept on a lead when walking in fields containing livestock. (Link to more information)
What do I do if I find a problem with a path?
Please fill in the problem reporting form. Copies are also available from the Walk Leader, the Footpath Secretary and members of the committee. See Footpaths page for more information.
Where can I find more information?
If you have any more questions about walking or the work of the Ramblers, you are likely to find the answers on their website. Click on the picture below for more information. Link to information about Walking with Severnside Ramblers