Walk guidelines

LeadersWalkers
Safety is paramountSafety is paramount
You should be able to give a reasonable estimate of distance and grade and be reasonably competent about the route.Many walks cover rough terrain and the wearing of suitable footwear is essential.
Be honest, if people are aware of a particularly strenuous walk, they can decide whether to go or not.The weather can be unpredictable taking waterproofs is advisable.
A head count should be taken at the start and at various times en route.Everyone must ensure that they carry basic first aid items for their own use.
With larger groups, a back marker should be nominated to keep an eye on stragglers.In the vast majority of cases, a route will already have been walked by the leader who will therefore be able to give an idea of the terrain etc. check with them.
Non-members who are not on Passport should not be allowed to join the walk as they will have no IVC insurance cover.Walks are occasionally put on without being checked first, especially when they are further afield. In this situation the leader may need to check position or scout ahead, please be patient it could save time backtracking later.
While no-one would be asked to ‘fend for themselves’ there must be a certain amount of personal responsibility, don’t assume that someone else will have a spare waterproof, plasters, drinks or food etc.