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Our Walking Programme

We have a very active programme with one or two walks on offer on both Saturdays and Sundays with midweek walks on summer evenings. Walks are held throughout the Chilterns region and occasionally slightly further afield. All walks are led by volunteers who are members of the group.

Saturdays Sundays Weekday Walks Weekday Evenings
These walks are typically, but not exclusively, afternoon walks of around 4 - 7 miles. These walks are a mixture of full day and half day walks. Our full day walks are moderate walks usually of 8 - 12 miles in length with a pub or picnic stop. The shorter walks usually around 4 - 6 miles. Occasionally "challenge" walks are featured in preparation for weekends away such as the "Three Peaks Challenge" The Group has recently started leading weekday walks to allow those who have some spare time during the week. These are typically 3 - 5 miles and start after work on summer evenings and usually end at a pub for drinks and possibly something to eat.

 Information for first time walkers

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  • Make sure that you are fit enough. If you are not sure, start with a shorter walk and see how it goes. This is much better than being exhausted after a long walk. For more information, click on the "Get Walking - Keep Walking" Logo
  • Pace can vary from walk to walk, but is typically 2-3 miles per hour (3-5 km per hour)
  • Wear walking boots, preferably with ankle support if it's a hilly area. If it's been raining or likely to rain then your boots should be waterproof.
  • Be prepared for the weather to change during the day
  • Bring enough to drink on the walk and a snack if you might feel peckish. Many walkers take a flask of tea or coffee on cold days.

 

The Ramblers Walks Grading Explained

Easy Access walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the group running the walk for details.
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 organiser or leader in advance
Technical walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes and crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details. Important Advice Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance. 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.

 

 

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Monday, December 11, 2017