Notes For Leaders And Ramblers
Leaders are requested to give advance notice of details including contact number on the day, grade of ramble, distance and appoint a backmarker. They will also advise if a pub stop and/or lunch are intended.
Walk leaders should provide a suggested departure time from Crabbs Cross car park allowing good time to reach walk start location.
Crabbs Cross Car Park is on Evesham Road, Redditch almost opposite Merchants Fish & Chip Shop near the 5-way roundabout. Nearest post code B97 5JP
We encourage the sharing of cars to save both the environment and costs. Any contribution to costs is voluntary.
GRADE OF WALK:
EASY (E) generally even terrain with some slight undulations. Typically would not exceed 6 miles
EASY/MODERATE (E/M) may include some gentle gradients. Typically would not exceed 8 miles
MODERATE (M) includes some steep inclines and descents. Typically would not exceed 10 miles
DEMANDING (D) includes some very steep ascents and descents and/or rugged terrain. Typically would exceed 10 miles
PACE OF WALK
Leaders are reminded they set and control the pace of the walk to reflect the differing abilities of the group. They do not allow the pace to be forced by other members. Walking should be enjoyable for all members.
Leaders should ensure the group follows the Countryside Code - ie. single file through crops, use right hand side on roads, use stiles where provided, and gates to be left as they were found. Use of high visibility/reflective clothing should also be used by the leader and back marker of large groups when walking on roads.
CROSSING FIELDS THAT CONTAIN LIVESTOCK
The Leader should wait at the entrance to the field for everyone to catch up. If you are part of the way through a field before livestock are spotted, stop and wait for everyone to catch up.
ACTION TO BE TAKEN IN SEVERE WEATHER
When a ramble is to take place and severe weather occurs, please contact the walk leader or Rambles Secretary, in case there have been changes to the arrangements
Ramblers join walks at their own risk, and for their own safety are requested to stay behind the leader and in front of the back marker. It is advisable to wear suitable footwear and to take sufficient fluids to drink with you.
FIRST AID KIT
All walkers should carry a personal first aid kit including additional items appropriate for their particular needs, eg. epipens etc., and it should also include within it information of prescribed medication (particularly blood thinners and heart meds). Leaders and ramblers should be aware that 999 or 112 should be dialled in case of injury or collapse or where health is giving serious cause for concern.
Useful basic first aid guidance and a downloadable app is found at
DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON WALKS
APART FROM REGISTERED ASSISTANCE DOGS
Glen Theobald is developing a database of suitable car parking locations for the beginning of walks and he needs the following information:
Description of location, address, postcode (or nearest) and grid reference
Approximate number of spaces
Cost of parking where appropriate together with name and phone number of person to contact to book if it is somewhere like a village hall.
Glen’s email address: email@example.com
Members to liaise with full details of problems found with footpaths, stiles and gates so that we can make a report to the appropriate County Council as AVCG. Paul Ingram is co-ordinating this activity and needs the following information, which should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date, description of location and local area/village name.
Grid reference, and postcode if available, photo of the issue preferably without people in it, together with description of the problem. If you use one of the digital tracking Apps like ViewRanger or OS Locate/OS Maps you can record an exact Grid Reference at the location of the problem.
Paul will clarify the information and forward it to Secretary to send to the appropriate County Council footpath officer on behalf of AVCG.