South Cotswold Ramblers

Group Walks in Hot Weather

We have today received a message from Ramblers Central Office.

Richard, Group Chairman, writes, "I think it should go on the message board although with the walks I have been on recently we are for once one step ahead of CO. My long walk was mostly in woods anyway, on Wednesday Jill and Sue altered theirs to take in more woods, last Saturday was mostly in woods.  All leaders had more drinks stops and ensured people had adequate water beforehand. Its all pretty common sense I suppose."

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Group Walks in Hot Weather

Hi everyone

With no end in sight to the heatwave conditions in parts of the UK, the NHS has issued general advice about coping in hot weather.  We’ve also posted a news item on the Ramblers website, offering advice to individual walkers.

To help those of you involved with running group walk programmes, here are some tips from our walk leader checklist to help your group walks run safely and smoothly in the hot weather conditions.

In the days before the walk:

  • Check weather forecasts and adjust the route, or cancel as you feel necessary
  • Give particular consideration to very lengthy and/or difficult walks, and whether some adjustments might be prudent
  • Think about shady spots to rest, extra stopping points, and encourage participants to bring extra fluids and appropriate sun protection

At the start of the walk:

  • Hold a pre-walk briefing and explain any adjustments to the walk as a result of the weather
  • Ask if walkers have plenty of fluids, and invite anyone with concerns to speak to you in private before you set off

 During the walk:

  • Allow for regular re-grouping and head-counts
  • Build in extra resting points and steer towards the shade
  • Be alert to any problems with individuals who might be flagging in the heat

At the end of the walk:

  • Check that everyone has returned and is feeling OK
  • If there have been any problems on the walk, please report them to us as soon as possible via the Incident Report Form

Please do share this information with your current walk leaders.  You can find more guidance in the Walk Leader Toolkit, and if you have any questions, please get in touch with the Delivery team at volunteersupport@ramblers.zendesk.com.

Thanks for all you do for the Ramblers as a volunteer.

Warm wishes,

George, James & Becky
(The Delivery team)