We grade all of our walks easy, moderate or challenging according to the level of difficulty, terrain and pace. New members can attend any walk.
Easy: gentle pace on fairly level terrain. Anyone can enjoy these walks (ideal for newcomers).
Moderate: more variable terrain that may involve gentle hills or a few steep slopes.
Challenging: long distances at a good pace, often involving hills and rough ground. A reasonable level of fitness and stamina is required. These tend to be for more fitter walkers – they tend to be a good day’s walk.
Gentle: led at a gentle pace with regular short breaks for water or rest. Should be suitable for anyone capable of the distance. (Expect 2–2.5 mph.)
Medium: led at an intermediate pace with fewer breaks but still suitable for most walkers. (Expect 2.5–3 mph.)
Fast: led at a quick pace with minimal breaks. May be a challenge for those with less fitness. (Expect 3 mph+.)
Speeds quoted are only a rough guide, including time spent on short water/rest stops and negotiating stiles/gates/roads etc. but not that spent on longer lunch or pub stops.