Walk Leaders Checklist

It may be a good idea to check (reccie) the route a week or so beforehand in case of any snags, ploughed up footpaths, etc. Consider walking the route with a friend who could then become a backmarker for the group walk.

You could do a little research into any points of interest to point out along the route.

Do not give a pub as meeting point unless the publican has given permission for us to park or there is nearby parking.

Routes can change with the seasons so try to reccie your walk not long before you lead it.

Consider taking a mobile phone and first aid kit in your rucksack.

Turn up at the meeting point in good time. Introduce yourself and welcome any newcomers. Describe the days route. Allow up to 15 minutes for latecomers to arrive and for people to put on their boots, etc.

If the size of the group is large then ask a competent person (preferably with a suitable map and mobile telephone) to be back-marker.

{mosimage} Collect contact details for any newcomers and pass these to the membership secretary. Remind walkers to act responsibly (sensible parking, closing gates etc) if necessary.

Warn of any particular hazards (e.g. cliff edges), and of very strenuous climbs.

At the end of the walk check that no-one is left at the car park.

Specify mileage as a whole number (not "8-9", "8.5", "8+" etc).

Walk Grades

May Include..


Up to 8 miles

2mph / 3kph

Stiles, steps, mud, overgrown paths and a few short ascents/descents

Anyone of reasonable fitness


Up to 12 miles

2½mph / 4kph

All above + long ascents, rough paths, open countryside and unfenced cliff edges

Anyone who is fit and has some country walking experience. Walking boots recommended


Up to 15 miles

3mph / 5kph

All above + very rough paths, exposed countryside and steep ascents/descents

For experienced country walkers. Walking boots strongly recommended



3½mph / 6kph or
more (brisk)

All above + rock scrambling, very steep slopes, rivers, bogs and walking in darkness

Walkers may need to be self-sufficient (e.g. able to navigate) and well equipped. Contact walk leader for details

*Approximate speed is on normal paths and includes short breaks, but not lunch etc.

You can download a printed Walk Leader's Form in PDF, MS Word doc. file, or as an Excel file.

Submit your walk online now using the Walks Submission Form.