Stag Walkers

20s and 30s Group

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I going to get very muddy?

No, but with the British weather being what it is we can't always guarantee this. You should dress appropriately for the weather and time of year.

Do I need to be fit to go on the walks?

Not necessarily.

If you are worried about this, you should ease into the activity by joining one of the shorter or more leisurely walks first, before building up to the longer distances.

The walks programme will indicate the length of the walk and the expected pace (grade).

What should I wear?

Wear whatever makes you comfortable and is suitable for the conditions of the day.

Walking in trainers is possible but be advised, wet conditions will make them muddy and on uneven terrain boots really are best.

Do I need to bring anything?

Always bring water with you.

On long walks a packed lunch is advised as we cannot always guarantee that shops or pubs will be available on the routes.

Sometimes there may be a pub stop mid-walk so bringing some money is often a good idea, just in case.

What time will walks end?

This is always very difficult to predict and any end times given will always be estimates.

Most of the weekend walks should end in the mid-afternoon around 2 or 3pm, however this isn't always the case and we may not be able to end the walk according to a timetable.

Can I get to the walks on public transport?

Sometimes – we have some walks that start near a train station, but many do not.

However, often there is a pre-meeting point at the Queen Mother Theatre car park, Walsworth Road, Hitchin, SG4 9SP for those that want to car share.

This car park is walking distance from Hitchin train station and a number of bus stops.

Can you arrange a lift for me?

We do not organise lifts but there is informal car sharing between members which is encouraged.

If you want to car share you must arrange this with other members of the group in advance – the admin team cannot arrange this.

The Facebook group or Meetup are the best place to contact members who are going to the same walk as you.

If you accept a lift from another member please make sure you offer some petrol money - £2 or £3 depending on the distance is suggested.

Can I bring my dog?

If you wish to bring your dog on a walk for the first time, please let us know.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the walk leader’s discretion. They should be kept under close control at all times and MUST be on a lead through livestock areas, on roads and at anytime the walk leader requests.  

Please note the length and grade of the walk to ensure your dog is capable of completing the route - and bring appropriate water/food if required.

Please be mindful of any members that are uncomfortable/have a fear of dogs.

The walk leader retains the right to refuse a dog on a walk if necessary.

What about children?

Children under the age of 18 are welcome to walk with us provided they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or person with equivalent responsibility for the entire walk.

However we currently do not run family-friendly walks and are walks are generally not suitable for children under 10 years old due to the pace (speed) and length of walk.

Please contact us in advance if you are considering bringing a young child to ensure the walk is suitable.

Adults who require specialist care or suport are also welcome to walk with us but must be accompanied by someone responsible for their direct care (who needn’t be a Ramblers member). If you have specialist requirements please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance to ensure we are able to accomodate you.

How do I become a walk leader?

All walk leaders must be paid-up members of The Ramblers and have registered on the Ramblers website (using your membership details). This ensures that you are insured to lead a Ramblers walk.

To lead a Stag Walkers walk you need to complete the details of your walk on the programme spreadsheet. 

The information required includes start point, end point, start time, length (miles) and difficulty rating, plus any other relevant details.

If you are on our mailing list, details of how to access the spreadsheet will have been emailed to you.

If you have lost the link to the spreadsheet please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the admin team to ask for a reminder.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019