ADVICE NOTES AND CODE OF BEHAVIOUR FOR WALKERS Issue 2 04-08-2011
1 Walkers should ensure that they arrive at the assembly point in good time to allow the party to move off at the time shown in the programme.
2 Cars should be parked safely, leaving room for passing traffic and taking account of the additional width of some agricultural equipment. Particular care should be taken not to block accesses.
3 On A to B walks all participants should first assemble at the B point. The leader will then select the cars to be used to transport all walkers to the A point. Drivers intending to transport passengers should have passenger liability insurance cover.
4 Walkers should ensure that they are properly equipped and fit for the planned walk. If in doubt they should seek advice from the walk leader before the day. Particular attention should be paid to footwear and clothing for bad weather. It should be noted that denim is a poor insulator and is often uncomfortable for hill-climbing. Walks will, in general, not be suitable for children under 12.
5 Walkers should make the task of the leader as easy as possible by not walking ahead, even if they think they know the route. In the unlikely event that a walker wishes to leave the group and follow a different route, he or she should inform the leader. Leaving the group can make the leader's task more onerous and can put those who do so and others in danger
6 Should a walker feel unable to continue the walk through illness or fatigue, he or she should speak to the leader and discuss what action is then necessary.
7 Dogs must not be brought on club walks.
8 At all times care must be taken to ensure that walls, fences and hedges are not damaged. Styles and gates should be used where they exist and gates should be left as found. If it is necessary to climb over gates this should be done at the hinge end (and certainly not at some point in the adjoining fence).
9 All litter should be taken home; even biodegradable items like banana skins or paper take a long time to disappear.
10 Care should be taken to avoid the disturbance of plants, birds and animals. The rights of landowners should be fully respected.
11 Walkers should show respect for the local community and should consider using local commercial outlets.
12 Although the leader will have taken all reasonable precautions in planning the walk, individual walkers are responsible for seeing to their own personal safety. This will include avoiding hazards associated with walking in mountainous or open country or along lanes and roadways. Particular attention should be paid to Highway Code advice. Members who bring along guests as temporary members are responsible for the conduct of their guests.
13 Walkers should ensure that they have adequate personal accident insurance cover.