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 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.