News and Notes for Leaders

Leisurely Monday Walks - FROM APRIL  these will be every Monday (provided we can get enough leaders!)

For many years we have been leading short (top limit - was 4 miles), leisurely paced sociable walks on a Monday suitable for:-
1/ Those who are new to Ramblers and wish to build up their confidence and fitness before joining us on our other walks.
2/ Those who have been on Health Walks who want to move on to something slightly longer (but definitely no longer than 4.5 miles). Although we usually have a limit of 4 miles, if you have an attractive walk of 4.5 miles that has lots of easy walking, this may be acceptable.
3/ Existing members for whom our normal walks programme is often too much.

Leisurely Pace and Moderate Pace Walks - Clarification

In South Cotswold group we use the words Leisurely Pace, Moderate Pace and Faster Pace.

Leisurely Pace we use just for our Monday walks ie 1.5 mph.

All our other walks are called Moderate Pace ie 2 mph. 

Very occasionally we have Faster Pace walks.

Starting Places for walks

We have a list of regular places that we have used as starting places,  Start Places | South Cotswold Ramblers  which saves leaders from having to work out grid references. You can of course start elsewhere provided you have permission from the landowner/business if it is not a public place.

Resources for Leaders

Parking charges at National Trust car parks

Leaders be aware when planning walks and indicate on your walk submission form. Members need to scan their NT membership card

Welcome to Prospective Leaders

If you are playing with the idea of leading us a walk and haven't led before, please have an informal chat with one of us first. Perhaps you could team up with someone else to lead and back-mark together!

A few years ago we devised a very comprehensive Walk Planning and Leading Checklist. It is a little in need of revision, but is available to members in case you may find this useful.

Safeguarding Policy - Children on Walks

Ramblers have now given all Groups guidance about children on Group Walks. It is very rare that we do see children on our walks, but leaders need to be aware of the new guidance in case anyone under 18 turns up on your walk.

The main change to Ramblers current policy is that, following lengthy consideration, everyone under 18 now needs to be accompanied by a responsible adult, such as a parent, guardian, teacher or youth worker when they participate in Ramblers walks and other activities. For full details see

Incident Report Form

It is essential that leaders report all incidents on Ramblers walks and other activities, even if they result in no or only minor injuries. Please use this form and return to Ann in the first instance. If serious they will be sent to our Secretary, Andrew, for possible onward transmission to Ramblers in London.
Download the form HERE

Contingency Plans for Hot Weather

Richard and Mike ask walkers and walks leaders in particular to think carefully before taking part in Group Walks during any really hot spell..

Obstructed Paths

Please report using Report a Problem | South Cotswold Ramblers