You can just turn up to walks that interest you - we are easy to spot and normally get a mixed bunch of 10 to 20 people. Contact details of the walk leader are emailed every Tuesday before the walk just in case you need to contact them on the day (mobile phone reception permitting). All we ask is, if after two walks you wish to continue walking with the group, you join through the Rambler's Association (see home page). Sadly if you don't after two walks, for insurance reasons, we will have to turn you away.
The group organises weekends away to various parts of the country. We try to arrange two a quarter. We normally travel up on the Friday night, and typically stay in Youth Hostel accommodation with a pub nearby. Saturdays generally involve a strenuous (though rewarding) "walk" with an easier one on the Sunday. Only members of the group are entitled to come on weekends away. We also offer a Navigation Skills training weekend in the Peak District to help encourage new walk leaders.
We encourage car sharing though generally leave it up to individuals to make their own arrangements. Once on a walk talk to as many people as possible and we're certain you will be pointed toward members who live near you to swap contact details. We can't promise but for your first walk or so Email Us and we'll try to put you in contact with someone who may be able to help. Please remember to offer something to cover petrol and any car parking costs if you receive a lift or return the offer on another walk. See the Car Share page for more details.
Walk mileages are indicative only. Walk grading is subjective and is generally made before venturing onto the walk itself based on what the map indicates and the leader's knowledge of the area. Don't be put off with the grading you will be surprised with what you can achieve!
However please try and work gradually up to a "Difficult" walk, where a good level of fitness and confidence in walking and scrambling over rough terrain is required. Definitions of walk grades are as follows:
NB: The grade gives the maximum difficulty, walks may contain parts of each grade. If you are uncertain about the difficulty of a walk please call the walk leader. Please note: All walk leaders volunteer their time to plan and organise their walks for free. The group would not survive without them. Please support them on the walk when needed. We walk as a group so please remember to think of others as well as yourself.
In recent weeks a few of our members have raised the topic of Dogs on walks and it has been raised at the Warwickshire area meeting earlier this year. Our policy is as follows:-
The walk Leader is bringing the Dog - The Leader should state in advance if they are bringing a Dog on the Walk when they submit the walk details.
An attendee of the walk wants to bring a Dog - They should check with the committee if it is okay to bring the Dog on the walk, e-mail or the Facebook site are the best ways to do this.
Remember it may not be appropriate for a Dog to be on the walk and Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
We have an active and fun social calendar, with regular monthly pub meets and restaurant trips around Leamington, Warwick and the surrounding area