All our walks are lead by our group members. Any SYW member can lead a walk - you don't need any special training or qualifications. Here's an outline of what's involved.
SYW walks are generally between 5 and 15 miles long, so you'll have plenty of choice of what type of walk you'd like to lead. If you need inspiration, there are lots of guide books giving routes all over Surrey, including AA's 50 walks in Surrey, 100 walks in Surrey, and Pub walks in the Surrey Hills. Or you can find routes online at sites such as:
It's important to walk out the route in advance to make sure there are no problems. Contact the Events Secretary if you need a 'walk buddy' to walk with you. Remember the pace of a group will probably be slower due to regrouping stops, water stops, etc. Generally plan for a pace of 2.5 miles per hour on flat/easy terrain, or 2 miles per hour on hilly terrain. Plan a suitable lunch and/or refreshment stop.
You'll get higher attendance if the start/end point is a train station. Plan your start time to coincide with trains from popular hubs such as Guildford and Clapham Junction. If you can find out the parking charges for drivers then it's also useful.
Look at the walks already submitted and decide on a date that you'd like to submit your walk for (please try to make it at least two weeks in the future). It's good to avoid having two similar walks on the same day, especially if they are in the same area/grade, so please be mindful of this when choosing a date.
When you're ready to put your walk on the programme simply log in to our website and complete the form. It requires the same details as you see when looking at the programme. The Events Secretary will check your submission and either approve it, or ask you for clarification of any details.
Take regular headcounts, making sure you can see the back-marker. Pause to regroup if necessary. Keep an eye on timings, and remember to take time for drink stops. Give attention to newcomers, and watch for any walkers having difficulties.
If leading a walk sounds like something you'd love to do, please submit your walk criteria for review and inclusion on the Surrey Young Walkers walks listings.