Information for walkers

Walkers will have a more enjoyable experience, if they take note of the following points:-

1. Clothes, food and drink etc


a.    Clothing: Proper clothing and footwear are vital, to cope with adverse weather and muddy conditions. It is recommended that you wear walking boots and carry a rucksack containing waterproof trousers and top. Trainers and jeans are not appropriate on any of our walks and you should wear stout boots and take warm clothing and a windproof. In winter, you need a warm hat and gloves and some spare warm dry clothing.

b. Food and drink: A piece of fruit or cake should be carried for the banana stop at the halfway point. Emergency rations like glucose or chocolate are useful - and in very hot weather an adequate amount of drink is essential, to avoid the possibility of dehydration.

 c. Other provisions: In summer, sun cream is useful to help combat sunburn. The leader carries a First Aid Kit suitable for most simple first aid incidents on our walks. However, you should carry your own personal small First Aid kit yourself to deal with your own issues.

 2. Some basic rules of behaviour

Please don’t leave a walk or go ahead without the leader's consent. If you wish to make an unscheduled comfort stop, or to pause for a little while, please make sure that either the leader or the back-marker is aware of this. Do not walk beyond your capabilities. Behave with consideration for all members of the group and assist each other when necessary or under the direction of the leader. If using a walking pole, always point it downwards and to the front when not in use. Do not swing a pole carelessly and place it over a stile before climbing over the stile.

Dogs are not allowed on walks, unless it is a registered assistance dog.

 3. Membership and Registration

When signing the Membership form, the member completes and sign a Health Statement which asks the person to ensure that they have no medical condition or impairment that presents a risk in that person undertaking the physical activity of walking. 

 4. Walker’s Responsibilities 

Walks are led by a competent leader who has completed a recce beforehand. The leader is in complete charge of the walk and their instructions must be obeyed. The leader takes account of the group on the day in determining a suitable pace, which will be reasonably comfortable for all. The leader will decide upon suitable refreshment places and the length of stop. Walk etiquette dictates that members should always 'follow the leader' and not go storming on ahead. Leaders may change or cancel walks because of bad weather or other good reasons, and have the right to prevent people from joining the walk because of lack of fitness, inadequate clothing or footwear, or on any other safety grounds.


Please sign the Walk Register before each walk commences. The register contains the walk location and length, the date, the weather, and the start time.

    


Disclaimer

Members join walks entirely at their own risk. Neither the Walk Leader nor NEW-HF Walkers will be held responsible for any accidents or incidents that may occur during a walk.

     Remember: “ you walk entirely at your own risk”. 

5. Leader’s Responsibilities

The walk leader will complete a recce before a walk to identify any hazards en-route and, preferably to eliminate the resulting risk, or at least reduce the amount of risk. The leader is responsible for advising participants before the walk of difficulties that will be faced on the walk. In the case of blocked rights-of-way, the leader can report the O.S. Grid Reference of the obstruction to the County Council’s Rights of Way Officer. It is recommended that there is a back marker to provide assistance on all walks, which will ensure that the group doesn’t become split up which can occur quickly if a number of stiles are met. The back marker may be appointed at the start of the walk or at any time during the walk.

 6. Insurance


The group's Public Liability Insurance Policy is there to protect leaders from third-party claims. Accident cover for walkers is not provided and members should check their own personal insurance to determine the level of cover their own policy provides.



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