Guidelines for Leaders

Before Walk

  • Choose route suitable to the grade with possible escape routes – a completed route card is a very useful tool;
  • If a new member phones beforehand check their previous experience  and give precise information about the planned route;
  • Be fully informed about weather forecast for the day and adjust route if necessary;
  • Endeavour to maintain fitness and to keep navigation and first aid skills up to date;
  • Leaders should carry suitable first aid kit.


In the Car Park     Key Questions :

1. Has everyone signed in? (Check contact numbes)

2. Any new walkers? (Introduce to the group)

3. Everyone got suitable gear : footwear, clothes, food, headtorch, waterproofs, change of clothes?

4. Do the drivers know where to go?

5. Everybody sorted for a lift?

6. This is the planned walk …………. (explain)……expected weather……..everybody comfortable with this?

7. Any medical condition leader should know about?

During walk

  • The Leader should determine the pace of the walk to suit the group – may involve curtailing pace of very fast walkers on easy walks;
  • Leader should bring the completed sign in sheet;
  • The leader should continually monitor the group with particular care for new walkers, taking a regular headcount;
  • Group should be kept informed of upcoming terrain, food stops ;
  • Encouage information sharing  about the location/environment;
  • If pace slow be prepared to curtail walk and use escape route;

At end of walk

  • Ensure everyone has returned to cars safe and well;
  • Feedback to newcomers re. next suitable walk level;
  • Advice to newcomers if deemed necessary re. upgrading gear prior to next walk;
  • Suggest a venue for refreshments on route home;
  • Invite feedback from participants
  • Return completed walk report card to designated committee member;