FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Consult the website if you think poor weather may affect your walk. A notice will be put up each day to tell you if a walk, or walks, has had to be cancelled.
Please look at the website page on car parking. This year we have arranged for a limited number of free parking permits for some of our walks.
Suitable Clothing, Equipment and Footwear
You will be expected to ensure that you are properly equipped and clothed for the grade and length of walk. Even though we anticipate warm dry weather in August a night of rain prior to the walk may create muddy conditions in low lying areas of the walk. Walking boots or stout shoes are recommended for most country walks. A lightweight waterproof is also useful should unseasonal weather occur en route. A small day sack on the longer walks is a great help for carrying all those 'just in case items' and for layers clothing should the weather be variable. An umbrella is also good for shade or rain!
Food and Drink
Ensure that you have an adequate supply of water: a litre on a hot day for the longer walks (and a hot drink if you wish), and sufficient food for the length of walk. Some walks break for lunch at a pub or café en route. Short walks generally finish before lunch or start after lunch, so you may only need to bring a snack and water.
Start of Walk Time
Check the start time of the walk you wish to attend and ensure you are there at least 15 minutes before the published time. All walks will aim to leave exactly on time!
Walk Leader Instructions
Walk Leaders may refuse to take people who are not properly equipped or prepared. Walk Leaders will decide whether a walk can proceed or be curtailed in the event of adverse weather. Note: many of the walks may have stiles so if that will be difficult for you check with the walk leader. Let the walk leader set the pace. You do this by staying behind the leader and in front of the back marker!
Dogs may be brought on most walks at the discretion of the Walk Leader, unless stated otherwise in the programme. You must keep your dog on a lead at all times and ensure that it does not get in the way of other walkers. Registered Assistance Dogs are welcome on all our walks (except walks 4 and 34, where our risk assessment indicates unsuitable for all dogs) and, should you have any concerns, please contact the Walk Leader. Not more than one dog per person.
Payments for Events, Talks and Activities
These are all individually priced; please check the programme carefully and bring along the correct amount of money at the start of the walk or event. Ramblers, the main sponsor of the Walking Festival, are a charity whose aims are to encourage walking. A voluntary donation at the start or end of the walk would be appreciated to help defray the costs associated with the Walking Festival.
Safeguarding People under 18 and Vulnerable Adults
People under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a carer.
Organisers of the events may take photographs for publicity purposes. If you do not want to be included in any photographs, please make it clear to the Walk Leader.
Walk and Ride
Some walks use local buses to either get to the start of a walk or return from a walk. Have the correct fare unless you have the pleasure of a senior citizens travel card!