The walk day is for your enjoyment. Safety is our prime concern – we all have our part to play. Come prepared for the conditions as they can quickly change
Joining the walk
At the walk joining point the Walk Leader will check:
- All walkers have ‘shown’ against the booking list and if required amend the booking list for ‘non-shows’
- All walkers have satisfied themselves that they adequately ‘kitted’ for the expected conditions
- Provide instructions to reach the walk start point (if different from the joining point)
- Organise sharing of cars is normally done prior to the walk day.
Incident on walk
In the event of an incident the Walk Leader will as appropriate:
- Ensure that the rest of the group is safe and secure
- Determine the nature and extent of the injury/condition
- Decide what form of assistance is required. The Walk Leader will have a mobile phone but remember phone reception is patchy in remote or hilly areas. All walk leaders should be registered for 112 texting.
The Club has developed much good practice in planning and leading walks, including:
- Leader Training to ensure competencies are assessed.
- Walk Grading scheme to categorise how strenuous the walk will be.
- Walk Leader Guidelines to ensure a consistent safe approach to walk leading.
- Walker’s Handbook giving advice on safety and walker’s responsibilities.
- Walk recce where the walk leaders scouts the route prior to the walk date.
- Walk Brief – a description of the walk and its parameters including identification of difficult areas where walkers may need to take more care.
- Walk introduction – the briefing of all walkers at the beginning of the walk on the walk parameters.
- Appointing a back marker.