DECIDING ON A WALK FOR THE WALKS PROGRAMME:

  • Give the walks coordinator as much info as possible with start location Car Park and Waypoints.

  • Is the walk is public transport accessible - if so could it be a public transport walk?

  • On your route, please try and avoid long stretches of road walking - in particular A or B roads.

  • Give us the key facts - length, ascent, waypoints, difficulty, description, start point (car park)
    Ascent calculation is a little harder which, without software, involves checking the contour lines for the high and low points throughout the walk route. If the walk starts at 50 metres above sea level, rises to 200m, drops to 100m, rises to 250m and drops to 50m, the total ascent is 300 metres (200-50 + 250-100 = 300). Again precision is not essential, and quoting ascent to the nearest 50 or 100 metres is all that is required (It's 470m ascent? Just make it 500m).

BEFORE THE DAY:

  • Thorough preparation of route - reccie it, ask about pub closing times etc.

  • Weather - watch forecast from about day -3, especially if high level

  • Decide whether to lead from front, middle or back.

 ON THE DAY:

  • Final decision of walk route BASED ON WEATHER FORECAST

  • Get to meeting point early

  • Split people into groups (if car walk)

  • Check all where start point is and that you take the max number of people per car

AT START:

  • Introduce yourself

  • Check if new members

  • Check everyone seems competent and has suitable clothing and gear

  • Short briefing - Welcome, walk route, distance, breaks and pubs, pace

  • Appoint a backmarker & decide - do you always want to see the backmarker or let them go out of earshot

  • Headcount (can be done be backmarker)

  • MAKE SURE YOUR BACKMARKER COMMUNICATES & LETS YOU KNOW THINGS ARE OK AT REST STOPS

ON WALK:

  • Check headcount (or is backmarker visible?)

  • Chat to as many people as possible - remember, many new people probably want to talk to you!

  • Think about pauses, regroups, rest stops and meal breaks

  • Pay special attention to newcomers and anyone with problems

  • Watch pace and check timing

  • Help at obstructions and difficult stiles

  • Handle the group closely on road sections

ALWAYS PREPARE & HAVE PLAN FOR:

  • Getting lost, hazards and blocked paths, deteriorating weather, accidents and illness, people forcing the pace, managing the group/drawing on group expertise/keeping people informed

AT THE END:

  • Thanks

  • Details of upcoming events

  • Ensure newcomers get some publicity material

Thank you for leading a MWW Walk! Without walk leaders, we'd be going nowhere...


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