Loughborough Ramblers

Loughborough & District Group of the Ramblers

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you walk and how long for ?

Our walks programme seeks to provide a variety of walks ranging in length from about 5 miles to about 15 miles. All are generally off road in rural areas in Leicestershire and the surrounding counties. Mid-week walks are usually between 5 and 7 miles, starting at 10am and finishing about 1pm.  Weekend walks are usually between 10 and 15 miles, starting at 10am and finishing late afternoon.

Where do you meet ?

The Group encourages car sharing and for weekend walks we usually meet outside the Technology Centre, off Epinal Way, Loughborough. If you intend to meet the group at the starting point of the walk, and always in the event of severe bad weather, you are strongly advised to contact the leader beforehand as they may have decided to change or cancel the walk due to the conditions.
For mid-week walks, and occasionally for weekend walks, the leader will usually meet you at the start, not at Loughborough.
Times given in the programme are actual starting times so please arrive earlier.

How fast do you go ?

The leader determines the pace with due consideration to the abilities of everyone on the walk and it is courteous not to go ahead of them. Please make sure that you are fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first. It is much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Do I need boots and special clothes ?

Most Ramblers' walks are off road in rural areas. Please have suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join, usually walking boots, together with waterproof clothing.   Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the walk leader in advance.

Do I need to bring some food and drink ?

Bring food and drink suitable for the length of the walk even if is scheduled to include a tearoom or pub break.
Mid-week walks generally finish by lunchtime and are often followed by an optional lunch in a tearoom or pub.  Weekend walks generally don't finish until late afternoon and so you should always bring a packed lunch.
Water should be carried on all walks, especially in the summer months.

How much does it cost ?

All our walks are free.  However, when sharing a car, passengers should make a realistic contribution towards the cost of the journey.  As a guide, 15p to 20p per mile shared between a car's occupants, including the driver, is considered reasonable.

Can I bring my dog ?

We do allow well behaved dogs on most walks, as long as they are under close control and on a short lead where necessary, eg in fields of sheep or cattle, or by roads. It is always worth checking with the walk leader whether the walk is suitable as dogs are not permitted on some land.

Do I have to join the Ramblers before I come on your walks ?

No, you are welcome to come along with us for up to three walks as a non-member. If you then want to carry on walking with the group we would expect you to join the Ramblers.

Are there any risks involved ?

For your own and others' safety please abide by any advice and instructions from the walk leader. Though walking is inherently one of the safest outdoor activities, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents to occur. Leaders will always take a register at the beginning of each walk.

Am I insured?

All members of the Ramblers and non-members on up to three taster walks are covered by Ramblers insurance.
Further details can be found on the Ramblers website.

Any Further Questions?

If you have any further questions then please contact our Group Secretary

Tuesday, December 12, 2017