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Thinking of joining us?

We’re a branch of the Ramblers and we invite you to come along to up to 3 walks – completely free – to see if we are the right group for you.

Here are the most common questions (FAQs) we get from newcomers.

Do I just turn up?2020-08-17T16:11:14+01:00

Yes – just come along and find the group. There is no need to tell anyone in advance that you are coming.
If you want to, you can RSVP to the walk on our Facebook page, but that’s up to you.

When should I get there?2019-09-04T20:24:15+01:00

The given start time is when we start walking. You’ll need time to change into boots, go to the toilet, meet the leader and sign the attendance sheet, so we recommend arriving 15 minutes before hand.

If you are travelling by public transport please check the train or bus times beforehand and try to contact the walk leader if the service is delayed.

What Boots or Waterproofs should I wear?2019-09-04T20:23:48+01:00

Walking boots are always the best option. You might be able to get away with trainers on some of our easier walks but we generally wouldn’t recommend them. Please don’t wear anything like flip flops.

In wet weather we recommend full waterproofs – a raincoat and waterproof trousers. A rain cover for your rucksack is also a good idea.

How much Water should I carry?2019-09-04T20:23:20+01:00

If we’re in summer, please bring at least a couple of litres of water. We’ll almost certainly stop at a pub for a proper drink (and pubs provide free tap water), but other than that please don’t rely on being able to find a shop to buy more.

At other times of year, a litre or so is a good idea.

What should I do about Lunch?2019-09-04T20:22:54+01:00

On almost every walk we stop for a packed lunch. We usually stop at a pub too but it will only be for drinks and there won’t be time to order food.

What is the Age Range of the group?2019-09-04T20:22:26+01:00

We tend to gravitate towards 40+, but even if you’re outside that range you’re welcome to come along and see if we’re right for you. In fact, if you become a member you can join any Ramblers walk in the country!

Please note: Children under the age of 18 are not covered by insurance and must be accompanied by an adult. This also needs to be agreed with the walk leader prior to attending.

Do you have Evening walks?2019-09-04T20:21:28+01:00

We put on walks on weekday evenings during April, May, June, July, August, September and October usually starting around 6.45/7.00pm. They’re typically around 4-5 miles with a couple of hours of walking. There will sometimes be a pub stop, but other than that we don’t stop for food or anything. We typically finish around sunset, although it’s possible the home stretch might go into darkness. If you have a small torch, bring it just in case.

Many people don’t bring anything (not even a rucksack) because of how short the walks are. That’s entirely up to you. You may also be able to get away with trainers on some of them.

I’m not a member – is it okay for me to join a walk?2019-09-04T20:21:01+01:00

Yes of course! Many first-time walkers are not members yet, but we kindly ask that if you like our walking group you join the Ramblers after 3 walks.

Is there an upper age limit?2019-09-04T20:20:34+01:00

No, but most people within our group are aged 40-60.

How much does it cost to join One Step Walkers?2020-08-17T16:10:00+01:00

There is no fee for joining our group, but after 3 walks we do ask that you join The Ramblers. The cost of annual membership can be found the Ramblers website

Where will I find directions for getting to the walk start?2019-09-04T20:19:26+01:00

Full details can be found on the event itself in the Walking Events section of the website.

Can I bring my dog(s) along to walks?2019-09-04T20:18:55+01:00

Well behaved dog(s) are welcome on walks provided they are kept under close control at all times and must be on a lead through livestock areas, on roads and at any time the walk leader requests.

What shall I wear?2019-09-04T20:17:50+01:00

Conditions on a walk may vary dramatically, so always be prepared.
This checklist will help ensure you enjoy your day out:

  • Waterproofs (both coat and trousers)
  • Fleece (this can help keep you warm even when it’s wet)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Boots and walking socks (dry comfortable feet make all the difference)
  • Packed lunch (including extra food should you need a little extra energy boost)
  • Walking trousers (never wear denim jeans, once wet they’ll never dry out on a walk)
  • Water (staying hydrated is important)
  • Torch (particularly useful when the dark nights draw in)
How easy is the walk?2019-09-04T20:17:03+01:00

Our walks are graded on each walk event for difficulty as follows:

  • Easy
    Walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
  • Leisurely
    Walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
  • Moderate
    Walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
  • Strenuous
    Walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the walk leader in advance.
  • Technical
    Walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ice axes or crampons. You must contact the walk leader in advance for further details.

Important additional advice

  • You are always responsible for your own safety.
  • Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. Contact the walk leader with any queries.
  • Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned.
  • If you’re unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy/leisurely walk first. It’s much better to find a walk a little less challenging, than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

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