Leading a walk
I want to lead a walk!
Thank you for offering to lead a walk. Please fill in as many details as you can below. If you can't answer all the questions yet, that's fine - just get in touch again nearer the time and let us have the rest of the details.
What happens next? After submitting the form, you will shortly get an email from the Walks Secretary, who will either confirm that it's fine or may need to check some details with you or might ask you to change the date if there are other events planned. Once it's been agreed, we'll advertise it on the website and on Facebook within a week or two.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for some extra tips and advice to help you complete the form.
Details about your walk
Hints and tips
Please include an email address and phone number so that we can contact you. We will only publish these if you tick the boxes to say that you are happy for us to do so.
Only members of the Ramblers Association are allowed to lead group walks. This is for insurance purposes.
If you have a map measurer, the easiest way to work out the distance is to trace out the route on a detailed Ordnance Survey map.
If you don't have a map measurer, try the Where's the path? website. Find the area you are leading the walk on the map. Click the button at the bottom and then click on the map or satellite view to trace out the route you are taking, and it will show you the running total at the bottom of the page.
You can choose one of:
- Walks that are suitable for most people, even if they don't have much walking experience. Easy walks will not be too hilly, and will usually be no more than 10 miles. Subject to weather conditions, will usually be suitable for people wearing trainers.
- The majority of our walks fit into this bracket. Moderate walks may include some hills climbing, and will require some level of fitness and a bit of walking experience. Walking boots are strongly recommended.
- A walk that may involve the summit of minor hills requiring a fair level of fitness. Expect walks more than 10 miles. Walking boots are strongly recommended.
- Walks in hillier areas requiring a higher level of fitness. Hard walks will usually be longer, but may be shorter in more extreme terrain, and should only be tried by walkers with good levels of fitness and walking experience. Walking boots are essential.
- Walks in hillier areas requiring additional technical skills, such as scrambling or a bit of climbing. Please give details of what the route entails, beyond simply walking, to ensure all walkers come fully prepared.
Most of our day walks start at 10.30am, and evening walks start at 6.45pm. But feel free to change this as appropriate. Longer walks, particularly in winter, may need to start earlier to make the most of the daylight. Alternatively if a convenient bus or train arrives too late for that time, a slightly later start will allow people to make use of public transport.
Please give full details of how to locate the meeting point, especially in areas where it may not be immediately obvious.
If possible, please give the OS grid reference of the meeting point. If you're not sure how to do this, the easiest way is to use the Where's the path? website. Find the start point on either the map or the satellite view and hold your mouse over it. In the bottom right, you will see a series of letters and numbers, eg "SE 59803 51547". Take the letters and the first three digits of each set, eg "SE598515" and that's the grid reference - easy!
Please give full details of parking arrangements. Is there a car park, and are there likely to be enough spaces for everyone? If parking is on-street, is there plenty available? If there is a charge for parking, please let us know the price so people can bring the correct change.
If we are going to a nearby pub afterwards, you might be able to persuade the landlord to let us use their car park all day. You must get the landlord's permission first.
Some places that we walk don't have any suitable public transport, but it's surprising how many places do! From Easter to the end of October, there is an extensive network of buses running across the Moors on Sundays (and Saturdays during August), and similar provision exists in the Dales. You may be able to give public transport access by something as simple as moving the start point to a different point on the route.
You may find the following websites useful for checking public transport:
If public transport is available, please give tell us whether it's by train and/or bus, what route it is, and what time it leaves the nearest main town(s). It's also useful to give the time of the return journey.
Suitable for dogs?
Some of our members like to bring their dogs along when they can … and their dogs love it! However, sometimes we walk in areas where dogs are forbidden, or where it wouldn't be a good idea to take dogs (eg through farmland when there will be a lot of very young livestock around). If you think it will be fine to take dogs, tick the box. If you're not sure, or think it depends on the dog, put a bit more detail in the description box to help us and other walkers make the right decision.
Description of walk
This is your chance to really sell your walk! Give a brief outline of the route, and let us know about any points of interest or views that the walk takes in. This will be the basis for the walk details on the website and on Facebook, so make it interesting! It will also help us to check that you've chosen the appropriate difficulty level.