The Walk Grades
||Fairly flat on clearly defined paths, may include a few gentle gradients.
||up to 300 metres|
||Some paths may be poorly defined and the route may include 1 or 2 steep gradients and some pathless sections.
compass skills may be required
|up to 600 metres|
||Some paths may be poorly defined and there may be pathless sections.
The route may include remote areas and steep
gradients, 1 or more of which may require grade 1 scrambling.
Map & compass and advanced (mico) navigation skills may be
|More than 600 metres|
For A Safe, Enjoyable Walk
- Walk clothing should be a synthetic breathable material, it is likely to be more comfortable when wet and quick drying. To minimise
blisters/ankle injuries, 2 pairs of socks and properly broken-in walking boots are recommended.
- Your daysack should contain essential items and anything else you wish to take. Essential items include spare gloves, hat, jumper, waterproofs
(ideally breathable), filled unbreakable flask/water bottle of at least 2 litres capacity, (You may need every drop, if you have a dog with you,
remember the extra water and collapsible/unbreakable bowl) First Aid Kit and any medication you may need. Finally take a torch with spare bulb/batteries
in case of a delay that results in you finishing after dark and a sun hat & sunscreen for those bright sunny days.
- Remember the map and compass you never know when they may be needed.
- To help preserve the countryside and maintain good relations with landowners follow paths as closely as possible.
- If a gate can't be opened, make sure you are on the correct route. Then carefully climb over it at the hinged end to avoid unnecessary damage.
- Always follow the Countryside
- When using pathless roads, keep in single file on the right hand side except when approaching right hand bends where you should cross over to the left,
returning to the right hand side after the bend.
- If using pathless roads at night there should be a torch at the front and back of your group and you should wear a reflective strip/outer clothing.
Shine the torch towards the ground a few metres ahead of, or behind you to avoid blinding drivers of approaching vehicles.
- If you have a dog with you, make sure he/she is under your full control and wearing an identity tag (a legal requirement). Never allow your dog
to run off, bark or annoy other people/animals (farmers can legally shoot dogs that worry their animals). He/she should always be close to you on a
short lead when crossing fields containing animals/livestock. From 1st March to 31st July, this also applies to paths across open country to minimise
disturbance to ground nesting birds and other wildlife.
- If livestock blocks your path, walk round them slowly. ALWAYS give their hindquarters a wide berth; a kick can be fatal. NEVER make sudden movements
that could startle or frighten them. NEVER walk between an adult and its young. If you feel threatened, particularly if you have a dog with you,
DON'T RUN it will encourage them to chase. If necessary let your dog off the lead to make his/her own escape (DON'T just let go of the lead, it
could catch on vegetation, tree branches, fencing etc if present on the escape route, preventing your dog from escaping). The herd probably sees your dog
rather than you as the threat.
- Always heed any local warnings/restrictions that may be in force.
- Make sure every item of kit can be used properly by at least one member of your group. In an emergency your life may depend on it.
- Remember that when following a walk route you are doing so entirely at your own risk and the author cannot accept liability for any loss or injury. If
in doubt turn back.
An outline of the Public Rights of Way and Open Access areas that allow you to explore our wonderful British countryside and discover its scenic landscapes,
valleys, woods, fells and moorlands.
The Countryside Code.
Respect. Protect. Enjoy
Respect other people
Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available
Protect the natural environment
Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
Keep dogs under effective control
Enjoy the outdoors
Plan ahead and be prepared
Follow advice and local signs
|Leave only footprints|
|Take only photographs|
|Kill only time|