Essential information for London Walks Group participants

Before a walk

❑ You participate in a group walk at your own risk

❑ It is your responsibility to ensure your own safety and consider the safety of others

❑ It is your responsibility to ensure that you are healthy enough and fit enough to complete the walk

❑ You must take note of the risk assessment for the walk and declare that you are fit to take part and do not represent a risk to others

❑ You should read and abide by any advice and instructions issued by the Group Convener or walk leader

❑ You should wear suitable clothing and footwear

❑ Given the nature of the walks, and the additional responsibility it places on all of a group’s walkers, members are not permitted to bring dogs on London Walks Group walks, although in order to comply with the 2010 Equality Act, the only exception to this is where a member needs to be accompanied by an assistance dog (i.e. a dog that has been trained in order to provide assistance to disabled people and those with certain medical conditions such as epilepsy). If you are a member of the group and would like to walk with your assistance dog, please get in touch with the Group Convener to discuss the nature and suitability of the walk

❑ If you find that you are unable to participate in a walk, please inform the Group Convener as far in advance as possible so that your place may be offered to another member of the group

❑ In accordance with U3A guidelines, any member who frequently books places on walks and then regularly cancels, risks losing their place in the Group

❑ Members who have not attended a walk for at least 6 months will be removed from the Group

On a walk

❑ The group will meet at the start point detailed in the walk itinerary

❑ It is your responsibility to be there and ready to depart at the stated time

❑ During the walk you should keep the walk leader/main party in sight at all times

❑ If you do become separated from the group for any reason, you should contact the walk leader by mobile phone. Contact details will be issued to all those with a confirmed place on the walk

❑ If a problem arises and you must stop or leave the walk, you must inform the walk leader and you are responsible for making your own way to your destination

❑ If any member becomes ill or injured then the walk leader will follow the relevant procedures

❑ The walk leader will always carry a basic first aid kit even if they have not had specific first aid training

Cancelled walks

❑ In the event of bad weather or illness, the Walk Leader may cancel the walk. When possible, this will be displayed on the group’s web page the day before the walk

❑ In the event of bad weather, you are advised to check the web page or contact the Walk Leader before setting out in order to check whether the walk has been cancelled

❑ Information about cancellations will also be posted on the Group’s WhatsApp messaging service, which you are encouraged to join. It should only to be used for messages that relate to walking group activities and not for personal or social reasons

Updated October 2023