Information you need to know
Clothing will obviously depend on the time of year and the nature of the walk. The following items are recommended:
Q3. How do I get to the start of the walk?
You will have to make your own arrangements. Some members do car share but there is no obligation on members to provide lifts however close you may live to them. If you are given a lift, you are expected to offer to drive next time or to make a contribution towards the petrol. – Please note a contribution towards the petrol is not considered to be a payment for the lift.
Q4. What happens at the start of the walk?
You are expected to arrive at least 10 minutes before the designated start time to allow you to kit up. Walks start promptly and will depart on time. Each walk has an appointed leader and if you are a new member, you should introduce yourself to the leader at the start. The leader will briefly explain the walk. The leader will normally appoint a back marker unless the group is a small group likely to remain cohesive.
Q5. What else may the walks leader do at the start of the walk?
The leader may check to see if everyone is suitably attired and seems capable of doing the walk in question. If the leader thinks that someone is ill prepared or does not seem capable of completing the walk, he or she has the absolute discretion in refusing to allow that person to take part. This is more likely on hard walks.
Q6. Can the leader change the planned walk?
Yes – the leader has the absolute discretion on this. For example if, either on the reccé or during the walk, he or she may encounter a hazard requiring a change of direction. This may also be necessary if bad weather conditions are encountered.
Q7. Can I leave the walk for any reason?
You can but it is not recommended. If you do so, you must tell the leader and it is preferred you have someone with you. If you choose to leave or take a different route, you are no longer taking part in the group activity.
Q8. What should I do or not do in the countryside?
All walkers must follow the country code. You can download full details on the internet but here are some relevant points: Leave gates as you find them – if they are closed, close them after you, if they are open, leave them open; Do not damage wall, gates or fences; Do not leave litter or unwanted food; Keep to the paths where possible; Walk in a single file through growing crops; Keep out of the way when farm animals are being gathered or moved. When walking on roads keep to the footpath. If there is no footpath generally keep to the right hand side and walk in single file.
Q9. Do I have to join the WWG to go on walks?
If you have not been on our walks before, we are pleased for you to come on one or two walks to see if they are suitable for you. If you then decide to continue walking with us, we expect you to join.
Q10. How much does it cost?
The current subscription is £7 and runs from January to December. If you join late in the year ie from late October your subscription will cover you for the following year.
Q11. How do I receive a programme?
This will be emailed to you. Alternatively you may hand 6 stamped addressed envelopes to the secretary to receive a hard copy.