Guildford Group of the Ramblers' Association

Walking with us Etiquette


Everyone is welcome. You will meet people from a wide range of backgrounds with one thing in common we all like walking in company.
This is the Guildford Rambler's Etiquette Guide to help you know more about how we help you to enjoy the countryside

Everyone is welcome on our walks but children under 18 years need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

• Walkers should have suitable clothing & equipment for the weather conditions and time of year; to include a waterproof coat and walking shoes or boots.

• The walk programme will indicate whether a pub/cafe lunch or picnic is planned. All walkers should have enough drinks and/or snacks as required.

• Please make sure that you are fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you're
unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first: it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

• For your own and others' safety please read and abide by any advice and guidelines issued by the organisers, and the instructions of the Walk Leader. Though walking is inherently one of the safest outdoor activities, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents.

• Walk Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. If in doubt, contact the Walk Leader in advance to discuss suitable clothing, footwear and equipment required for the walk.

• Walkers meet at the grid reference given in the programme (the start of the walk). It is each
walker’s responsibility to be at the start ready to depart at the stated time.

• Walkers are encouraged to share car journeys with other walkers. Passengers are encouraged to offer a voluntary contribution for the cost of the journey. It is up to the driver to accept any such offering or make a donation to Guildford Ramblers.

• Restricted car parking at the start point may apply, see walk programme for details.

• In the event of bad weather, Walk Leaders, at their discretion, may cancel the walk. When
possible, this will be displayed on the GR website and circulated via RAG (email). Walkers are therefore advised to check the website in the event of bad weather on the day of the event or phone the leader, before setting out to ensure that the walk has not been cancelled.

• Walkers are advised to check the website for latest walk details as some changes may have been made since the walk programme was initially published.

• Registered Assistance Dogs are always permitted on walks. Other dogs are welcome though
walkers who wish to bring their dogs are advised to check with the Walk Leader as some walk routes may be unsuitable. Dogs must be under control at all times and put on a short lead at the request of the Walk Leader and when approaching livestock.

• Walkers must ensure that they pay attention to road traffic when crossing and walking along roads and keep in single file. It is helpful to report other road and path users as they approach from behind or in front. Be aware that horses have priority when walking on bridleways.

• “In Case of Emergency Cards” are available from the Group Secretary. These contain contact details and brief medical information for use in the event of an emergency. Walkers are advised to carry a card and a small personal first aid kit.

• For the safety of walkers, it would be helpful if the Walk Leader is discreetly informed of any disability or potential health issue prior to the walk commencing. Any vulnerable or disabled adult must be accompanied by a suitably qualified or experienced carer.

• Consideration must be shown by all walkers to the pace set by the Walk Leader. Due courtesy to the Walk Leader should be exercised by any walker who attempts to pre-empt the walk direction and walks at the head of the walk party, particularly in front of the Walk Leader.

• All those joining a walk do so entirely at their own risk.



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