Etiquette for Walkers

Though walking is one of the safest outdoor activities, it is not completely without risk.
 
Before the 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 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. The walk leader may refuse to allow you to participate in the walk if in their opinion you are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the Group Convener in advance
 
  You should bring a packed lunch and enough water with you to last you the whole day. If arrangements are different you will be informed by the walk leader
 
  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 the walk
 
  You 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
 
  The walk may be modified on the day in the event of problems such as blocked paths, flooding etc. You must then follow and support the walk leader’s decisions
 
  During the walk you should keep the group leader/main party in sight at all times. There will be a designated back marker (a volunteer from the group) who will ensure the group stays together
 
  If you do become separated from the group for any reason 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
 
  If you decide to leave a walk at an opt-out point, you are responsible for making for your own way to your destination
 
  Most walk groups will be accompanied by at least one person (usually the leader) who has undergone a course of training in Emergency First Aid
 
Cancelled walks
 
  In the event of bad weather, walk leaders, at their discretion, may cancel the walk. When possible, this will be displayed on the group’s web page the day before the walk. You are therefore advised to check the page in the event of bad weather or contact the walk leader before setting out to confirm whether the walk has been cancelled or not
 
  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
 
Dogs on walks
 
Well-behaved dogs are accepted on our walks, but before deciding to bring yours along please consider the following:
 
  While on the walk the dog is entirely your responsibility and should not be allowed to impact on the enjoyment of other group members in any way
 
  The walk leader accepts no responsibility for the suitability/ safety of the route for dogs
 
  There may be another member who has also brought their dog on the walk
 
  Your dog should be capable of walking 8-10 miles at the pace adopted by the group
 
  Walking in the countryside means we often encounter livestock & also cross busy roads
 
  Many pubs and cafes where we may stop for lunch/drinks do not allow dogs inside
 
  If there any problems, the walk leader has the right to ask you and your dog to leave
 
  As a matter of courtesy, if you do decide to bring your dog, then please let the group leader know in advance of the walk

Revised June 2021