Surrey Young Walkers

Frequently Asked Questions

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:

Do I just turn up?

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.

When should I get there?

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 we recommend arriving 15 minutes before hand.

If you are travelling by public transport please check the train or bus times beforehand and try to contact the walk leader if the service is delayed.

What Boots or Waterproofs should I wear?

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.

How much Water should I carry?

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.

What should I do about Lunch?

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.

What is the Age Range of the group?

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!

Do you have Evening walks?

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.