The Bear Walking Group (BWG or Group) has been set up for people in their 20's to 40's who have a like minded interest in the great outdoors with the aim of providing a sociable, friendly and inclusive environment for walking and social activities for its members.
The BWG is part of the Ramblers Association (RA), which is a national charity. In addition to the wider charitable aims of the RA, BWG has a particular focus on encouraging younger people living in the Warwickshire\West Midlands area who want to walk and socialise.
Walking is the primary focus of the group and, through volunteers, we endeavour to offer a wide variety from easy day walks to challenging weekends away mountain walking.
- The Group actively organises a mixed variety of day walks each Sunday from local walks to those slightly further a field that offer more interest and challenge.
- New walk leaders are encouraged and supported through help from experienced walk leaders, specific navigational skill events and by borrowing the Group's navigational aids.
- The Group also looks to promote one or two walking weekends away a quarter to explore areas not accessible in one day and provide further opportunity to socialise in a different environment.
Socialising is also a fundamental part of the Group's activities, to help bring new friends together. The group tries to promote social activities at least every fortnight with a broad range of activities to encourage members to try events/activities they may not have thought of participating in to broaden horizons.
The Ramblers Association has set up young persons' walking groups to encourage people in their 20's and 30's into walking. The Bear Group acknowledges this but more importantly recognises the age difference between the younger groups and the more traditional Ramblers groups, and the fact that our young social group spans the 20s to 40s. With this in mind we would encourage anyone in their 20s to 40s to join us. Our age range is reviewed every year at the AGM.
The guiding principles below outline the behaviour the Bear Walking Group requests of all members (including committee members, walk leaders and other activity organisers).
- Please be polite and friendly both to existing and potential members and to members of the public we encounter on walks or other events.
- Prospective members should feel free to come along on 2 or 3 walks to try out the Group and see if it is right for them; after that, if they wish to continue walking with the group we ask them to join the Ramblers Association as a member and put Bear Walking Group (WK52) as their local group. Similarly, we ask that members please keep their membership up to date for so long as they walk with us or participate in Group activities.
- Our walks require mobility and a degree of physical fitness dependent on the nature of the walk. We endeavour to provide information on the level, nature and intended pace of the walk. Please consider this when selecting which walks to attend particularly in relation to week-ends away, as some may be very challenging.
- Please recognise that whilst we endeavour to provide a high quality service to our members and helpful information about our walks and activities, our walk leaders and organisers of social activities and week-ends away are unpaid volunteers who put in a considerable amount of their own time for the benefit of the club; sometimes things may not go according to plan. Please try to be understanding and supportive.
- Please consider leading an activity in the future as leading a walk or organising a social helps support the group's continued success. In particular we need walk leaders to come forward. Please speak to a member of the committee if you are interested. Please note you must be a member of the Ramblers Association to lead a walk for insurance purposes.
- Please respect the privacy of all members who provide contact details for activities they organise. We ask that these are used only for purposes related to that activity.
- Please respect all members of the group and their differing backgrounds and walking abilities. Discrimination on the grounds of sex, disability, race, sexuality, religion, age or nationality will not be tolerated. Likewise, any sexual or other harassment, bullying, victimisation, or behaviour that is threatening, intimidating or aggressive is unacceptable.
- Please feel free to provide feedback on activities, as we are always looking to improve the Group's activities and service for members. If necessary, please contact a committee member if you feel that a member of the BWG may have breached these guidelines, or that their behaviour has become a concern. All concerns will be dealt with in confidence.
The Ramblers' Association is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company registration number: 4458492. Registered Charity in England and Wales number: 1093577. Registered office: 2nd Floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TW