Thinking of coming along?
We're a branch of the Ramblers and we invite you to come along to up to 3 walks - completely free - to see if we’re the right group for you.
Here are the most common questions we get from newcomers:
Yep - just come along and find the group. There’s no need to tell anyone in advance that you’re coming.
If you want to, you can RSVP to the walk on our Meetup page, but that’s up to you.
The given start time is when we start walking. You'll need time to change into boots, go to the toilet, meet the leader and sign the attendance sheet, so arriving 15 minutes before is a good rule of thumb.
We expect our leaders to be proactive when looking at the local train times, so if your train arrives a few minutes after the start time, you’re probably ok.
Walking boots are always the best option. You might be able to get away with trainers on some of our easier walks but we generally wouldn't recommend them. Please don’t wear anything like flip flops.
In wet weather we recommend full waterproofs - a raincoat and waterproof trousers. A rain cover for your rucksack is also a good idea.
If we're in summer, please bring at least a couple of litres of water. We'll almost certainly stop at a pub for a proper drink (and pubs provide tap water free), but other than that please don't rely on being able to find a shop to buy more.
At other times of year, a litre or so is a good idea.
On almost every walk we stop for a packed lunch. We usually stop at a pub too but it will only be for drinks and there won't be time to order food.
As our name suggests, we tend to gravitate towards 20s and 30s, but even if you’re outside that range you’re welcome to come along and see if we’re right for you. In fact, if you become a member you can join any Ramblers walk in the country!
We put on walks on weekday evenings during May, June and July, usually starting around 7/7.30pm. They're typically around 4-5 miles with a couple of hours of walking. There will sometimes be a pub stop, but other than that we don't stop for food or anything. We typically finish around sunset, although it’s possible the home stretch might go into darkness. If you have a small torch, bring it just in case.
Many people don't bring anything (not even a rucksack) because of how short the walks are. That's entirely up to you. You may also be able to get away with trainers on some of them.