Sunday 17 December 2017

Words of Wisdom?

Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.
Henry David Thoreau

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.