Walk Leaders’ Guide

PRIOR TO THE WALK 

Work out the route before the walk day using books and or maps and make sure that it is all on public Rights of Way or permitted paths.

Type of Walk

Meet up / Depart time

Approx. Driving Time (Mins)

Approx Walking Distance (Miles)

Saturday & Sunday Morning Meet at 9.50hrs / Depart at 10.00hrs

30

5 – 7

Evening Meet at 18.40hrs / Depart at 18.45hrs

15

4 – 5

Midweek Morning Walks Meet at 10.20hrs / Depart at 10.30hrs

15

3 – 4

Midweek Afternoon Walks Meet at 13.50hrs / Depart at 14.00hrs

15

3 – 4

All Day walk

At leaders discretion

60

8 – 12

Note: All walks depart from the school lay-by in Oakley Lane unless notified otherwise. 

 

1, Arrange a safe place to park and select a venue / pub for after walk refreshments / lunch. Contact the eating venue in advance to discuss food – it may be necessary to provisionally book a certain number of places for lunch and to circulate a copy of the menu with the walk details. Note: Organising a pub / refreshment stop is optional

2. Recce the walk close to the actual date, especially after bad weather to make sure it is still passable.

3. At least a week before the date of the walk send details of the walk to Pauline Shead (paulineshead@gmail.com) & Carolyn Currie (carolyn_currie2000@yahoo.co.uk) who will post onto the ORC website.

Link to Walk Detail Template Document – Ramblers Walk Details Template

4. Make sure you have the First Aid Kit from the previous walk leader. (First Aid Kit contains usual first aid items, plus 2 High-Vis jackets for use on busy roads, and forms for visitors/potential new members to fill in their contact details-pass to Secretary).

DAY OF THE WALK

1, Walks normally start from the School Lay-by in Oakley. However, some members may for convenience, go straight to the start point (they will normally advise you in advance).

2. Give a short briefing before the walk – length, stiles, difficulty etc.

3. Count the number in the party.

4. Appoint a back marker.

5. Periodically, stop to allow everybody to regroup, and have a refreshment stop if needed.

6. On roads walk on footpaths/pavements if available. If not then small groups walk on the right hand side of the road in single file (i.e. facing the oncoming traffic), and large groups should keep to the left with a look-out at the front and back of the group wearing high visibility tabards.  For more information see ORC Risk Assessment document.

7. Always cross roads as a group.

 

AFTER THE WALK

1, Write up a brief report on the walk( including numbers attending, with photo if possible) and send it to Roy Yeoman (mroyyeoman@gmail.com) for the Link magazine and to Pauline Shead (paulineshead@gmail.com) for the website.

2. Pass First Aid Kit to next walk Leader.

NB:-  For more guidance please refer to the Oakley Ramblers Club Risk Assessment Document

Link to Word Doc Version: Walk Leaders’ Guide

Updated March 2018

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