Ramblers GB is suspending all volunteer activities from Wednesday 18 March 2020. This includes group led walks, Walking for Health schemes, all training including walk leadership training, path maintenance working groups, coach trips and holidays, meetings, group and social events.
We have received updated advice from the Ramblers. I am sure it won't come as a surprise to anyone when we say that our walks are suspended until further notice.
Once we feel it is safe, and it is responsible to travel to walks, we will produce a new walks programme. As you will understand, social distancing rules make this impossible at the moment.
We will keep you updated with the latest information on our response to the COVID-19 virus on https://www.ramblers.org.uk/coronavirus
We organise weekly walks - usually Sundays - throughout the year to a range of destinations and of varied lengths - from 3 miles to 20.
During the summer months we also have mid week evening walks of 4-5 miles which end at a pub.
To give you an idea about what to expect on a walk we grade all our walks as either easy, moderate or strenuous. The grade is largely based on gradient. A lake district walk with lots of ascent would be considered strenuous. Easy walks are usually largely flat.
Our walk descriptions give directions to start points. There's no need to book. Just turn up at the designated start point and time. We'll be easy to spot - a group of people with walking boots and rucksacks on!
If you do want more information about the walk each set of walk details gives the contact details for the walk leader.
We walk in our local area - Trough of Bowland, Ribble Valley, West Pennine Moors, Lancashire coastline, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.
Weekends away allow us to explore good walking territory further afield such as Hadrian's Wall country, the Peak District.
Bring a packed lunch and enough water for the day.
Waterproofs and an extra layer such as a fleece are handy. For summer evening walks and short easy walks trainers can sometimes be suitable (as long as you don't mind mud!). Longer hill walks are best undertaken wearing walking boots.
Most of our walks start from car parks. We do try to car share when we can. To arrange a car share post a message on our Facebook page.
If you wish to lead a walk come along to one of our input events or contact our Walks Co-ordinator using the form on the contact page.
Well behaved dogs are welcome but we ask that they are kept on a lead throughout the walk. The reason for this is twofold: On a walk with lots of people and dogs it can be dangerous when dogs are chasing around people's legs. Additionally, most of our walks pass through farmland and so dogs must be on a lead at these times. All our walk leaders are volunteers. We ask that they do not need to remind and reinforce this during the walk. Unfortunately we have had some issues in the past with dogs off the lead harassing and even killing wildlife. Thank you for your understanding.