Walks throughout the stunning Peak District and beyond in good company
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Walk leader's checklist

BEFORE THE WALK

Choose the route

  • Consider location, length and timing, whether linear or circular.
  • Consider season, terrain, heights and climbs, likely ability and fitness of the group.
  • The route you choose may be one you already know or from a map or guidebook.
  • Consider points of interest on the route
  • Check transport options, such as public transport and car park for central meeting point, refreshment points and toilets.

Recce the route (preferably with a back marker)

  • Walk the full route, noting critical navigation points, hazards and problems, adjusting the route if necessary.
  • Check timings, rest and toilet points, escape or alternative route, any access restrictions.
  • Note any path or access problems to report to relevant Group Officers.

Publicising the walk

  • Submit your walk to the Programme Co-ordinator to include in the Walking Programme with appropriate descriptions such as grade and grid reference and whether it is dog and children friendly etc...

THE DAY BEFORE

  • Check accurate weather forecasts and alter the route if necessary. Be prepared to cancel if the weather is bad.
  • Recheck public transport / train times and remind the pub if you plan to stop there.
  • Check personal gear and first aid kit.
  • Be prepared to answer queries from potential attendees.

ON THE DAY

At the start

  • Be early and welcoming, especially to newcomers.
  • Check the fitness and equipment of the party and identify anyone with particular needs. Be prepared to turn away any inadequately equipped walkers.
  • Appoint a backmarker if you don't already have one.
  • Introduce yourself and the backmarker and give details of the walk, the route, the estimated time of return, refreshment stops, point of interest and any hazards to be aware of.
  • Count the party and signal the start of the walk.

on the walk

  • Stay at the front and check frequently that you can see your backmarker or have communications with them.
  • Set a pace to suit the fitness and capabilities of the party and the advertised grade of the walk.
  • Check your route frequently, if necessary using map and compass.
  • Make a point of chatting to newcomers.
  • Highlight any points of interest.
  • Manage the group's pace over stiles, through gates and across roads. Periodically count the number to ensure that everyone is present.
  • Be alert to problems with the weather, road walking or crossing and individuals.
  • Enjoy the walk

At the end of the walk

  • Check everyone has returned and can get home and thank them for coming.

AFTER THE WALK

  • Invite everyone to have a social drink in the hostelry of the leader's choosing.

Guidance issued by RAMBLERS to all their walk leaders