Safety Notes for Walkers

Safety Notes for Walkers

  • Whilst leaders will take every precaution to ensure that the route of the walk is clear and hazard free, it is important that each individual recognises his/her responsibility for their own safety. They should also be aware of any changes in circumstances of those around them which should be reported to the leader. Whilst you walk at your own risk, we are a group who look after each other on our walks.
  • All walkers should pay attention to the leader’s briefing at the beginning of the walk. They should ask questions of the leader if they are unclear of any matters included in the briefing.
  • The leader will warn walkers of any roads encountered. Walkers should make use of pavements and grass verges where possible. Where these are not present, all roads should be walked in single file, with each walker paying careful attention to traffic from either direction.
  • If walkers wish to leave the walk before its scheduled end, they should let the leader and/or back marker know, both at the start of the walk and, certainly, immediately prior to their departure. All such walkers should carry a map of the area and confirm to the leader that they know the route they will take.
  • If walkers leave the group temporarily for any reason they should inform the back marker.
  • All walkers should carry a compass and whistle.
  • If you have any issues with personal illness or you see any fellow walkers in distress let the leader know immediately. Any issues that spoil the enjoyment of the walk should also be reported to the leader.
  • Children under 18 must always be accompanied by an adult who will be entirely responsible for their safety and behaviour during the walk.
  • If any member brings a dog, they are solely responsible for the conduct and wellbeing of the dog during the walk. They understand that should the dog run off the walk will not be interrupted. If necessary, especially whenever requested by the walk leader, the dog should be put on a lead.