Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the leader in advance.
We usually walk at about 2 miles an hour when stops for drink and food are included. Some walks may be at a slower pace because of conditions (weather or terrain) or stopping at points of interest.
We have classified our walks as below, occasionally using two types e.g. moderate/ strenuous to suggest that parts of the walk may be of the higher grade. Inevitably much of the grading is subjective. If in doubt about your ability to cope then please contact the responsible walk leader(s).
Easy - flat or mostly flat terrain. Good quality paths, although some mud can't be ruled out in wet weather. Usually short (up to about 6 miles).
Moderate - some hills, or perhaps a long climb or descent. Rougher terrain (for example rocky paths or streams to cross). Usually longer than 6 miles. However, normally within the capacity of most walkers.
Energetic - quite a bit of climbing, sometimes steep. Rough or boggy terrain, requiring a fair amount of exertion. Perhaps 10 miles or more.
Strenuous - mountainous and/or very rough going. For people used to long, vigorous walks. Usually quite long (12 miles or more).
Important additional advice
Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned.
If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first - it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.
Do bring enough food and drink for the walk, with a bit extra in case of emergencies.
Do wear suitable clothing, especially footwear. It is wise to consider carrying warm and waterproof clothing on most walks - even small hills are windy on top.
Do bring a change of shoes to avoid getting mud in the car on the way home.
Dogs: If you want to bring your dog, please contact the walk leader at least the day before the walk to check the situation. Sometimes it is difficult for dogs to be on a walk, because of farm animals for instance. All dogs must be kept under close control and put on a short lead when the walk leader asks.
Children, under 16 years of age, are very welcome as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
There is no charge for non-members to join our walks - but we do expect you to join if you take part regularly. Joining would help further the aims of The Ramblers to keep access for all to the countryside.