Tuesday 17 October 2017

Words of Wisdom?

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather
John Ruskin, author, art critic & social reformer

Visit Westerham

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We are always on the lookout for people to lead our walks - they can be walks we have done before or new walks.

If you would like to lead a walk then please contact me with the details - you can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we can then discuss and I can arrange for it to be scheduled.

If you would like to put forward a new walk there are a few things that need to be considered - the list looks quite big - but it’s not too onerous!

  • The walk should start and finish at the same place.
  • The starting point should be reasonably close to Westerham - generally within 30 minutes’ drive.
  • There needs to be sufficient parking at - or close to - the start point, bearing in mind the parking patterns on a Sunday morning (for example, we would not schedule a walk to start from High Elms country park as the car parks are generally pretty full on a Sunday).
  • The total length be between 4 miles and 7½ miles (approx)
  • There should be a refreshment stop - for example a pub or tea shop - ideally a little after the half-way point. This should have an outside area to cater for those that bring dogs.
  • If there are stiles, please check to see if they are passable with dogs (either with a 'dog gate' or with sufficient space for a dog to get through). If the stile itself doesn’t look "dog friendly" check to see if there is a gap or gateway close by that dogs can pass through.
  • Bear in mind that if there are a large number of stiles, this will slow the walk as if we have a large group that day, we can get fairly strung out over stiles.
  • Make sure you know the route!

Once you are down to lead a walk it also makes sense to do a final practice run as close to the walk date as possible to check if there have been any changes in condition that would require any adjustment (for example a field may be flooded, or a path blocked).

Leading a walk can be a lot of fun - and can give you a great excuse for getting out the O/S maps to plan routes.

Thank you.