News and Notes for Leaders - updated 18 November 2021
Walks Collectors Timetable for walks from January to February 2022
Mondays - Margaret T to find leaders to fill gaps
Wednesdays - Ann A to find leaders to fill gaps
Saturdays - John G to find leaders to fill gaps
Leisurely Monday Walks - Mondays 2 or 3 times a month
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 eg Wotton to Nibley Monument, this may be acceptable.
3/ Existing members for whom our normal walks programme is often too much.
4/ Any member who wants to sometimes amble rather than ramble, stop to admire the countryside, walk and talk, and possibly finish up with a half of shandy.
Leisurely Pace and Moderate Pace Walks - Clarification
In South Cotswold group we use the words Leisurely Pace and Moderate 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.
Starting Places for walks
We have a list of regular places that we have used as starting places, Start Places | South Cotswold Ramblers but Ramblers now have a facility to record starting places used by all Ramblers Groups (including our wordings). This might come in useful if you are planning walks a bit further away. http://places.walkinginfo.co.uk/
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 http://tinyurl.com/jbvajvm
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..
Please report using Report a Problem | South Cotswold Ramblers
You can also download the Pathwatch app from your usual app store.