Guidance for walk leaders: Introduction

Group walks are at the heart of the BWs’ activities, and we firmly believe that walk leading is something that anyone in the group should be able to do with a bit of guidance, rather than the preserve of a select few. It’s a great way to give something back to the group, boost your confidence, and spread the load of maintaining an exciting and varied programme.

Most of this guidance is not a list of “you must or must not do this or that”, but rather intended to help you ensure that your planned walk goes smoothly without any problems

We can’t possibly cover everything in a document like this, but there are further resources available on the Ramblers website (see links here), and feel free to ask the Walks Coordinator, other committee members or regular leaders for further advice. We aim to run both sit-down sessions to talk about walk leading and plan potential walks, as well as more practical walk leader training sessions from time to time, to complement this guidance; you could also ask to shadow or work alongside a more experienced leader first before leading on your own. However useful we hope these will be, it’s absolutely not a requirement to wait for and undertake such training before leading your first walk.

If you feel anything is missing here, or are keen to get some training that isn’t currently advertised, please let the Walks Coordinator know.

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