Your first walk with One Step Walkers NE51

We appreciate that your first walk, with a new rambling group may be quite daunting so here are some answers to popular questions we get asked which may help to ease your worries ...

- Q: I'm not a member of The Ramblers. Is it okay for me to join a walk still?
A: Yes of course! Many first-time walkers are not members yet, but we kindly ask that if you like our walking group, that after 3 walks you join The Ramblers.

Q: Do I need to let the walk leader know I will be attending?
A: No. Just arrive and he/she will welcome you to the group.

Q: If I contact a walk leader to ask if you can come on a walk and they don't answer / get back to you, does that mean no or can I still just turn up?
A: Yes, definitely! We don't mean to ignore your calls, but as you know, life and other responsibilities just get in the way sometimes.

Q: Is there an upper age limit for membership of one step walker groups?
A: No, but most people within our group are aged 40-60.

Q: Is it okay to join walks with several ramblers groups?
A: Yes, but preferably you should be a member of The Ramblers.

Q: How much does it cost to join One Step Walkers?
A: There is no fee for joining our group, but after 3 walks we do ask that you join The Ramblers. The cost of annual membership can be found The Ramblers website:-

Q: Where will I find directions for getting to the walk start points?
A: For individual walks, click the link on the website which says 'start point'. You will then need to do your own research / sat nav to find your way to the walk.

Q: Can I bring my dog(s) along to walks?
A: Well behaved dog(s) are welcome on walks provided they are kept under close control at all times and must be on a lead through livestock areas, on roads and at any time the walk leader requests.
Don't expect others to take your dog(s) in their car when sharing transport.

Q: Are there car-share options for walks involving quite a bit of travel?
A: Sadly no. We have tried this scheme in the past but there was little interest. Once you get to know more people in the group, there may be the option to car share then.
If you do share transport to a walk, always offer to split the cost with the driver.

Q: What shall I wear?

  • A: Conditions on a walk may vary dramatically, so always be prepared.
    This check list will help ensure you enjoy your day out :-
    • Waterproofs (both coat and trousers).
    • Fleece (this can help keep you warm even when it's wet).
    • Hat and gloves.
    • Boots and walking socks (dry comfortable feet make all the difference).
    • Packed lunch (including extra food should you need a little extra energy boost).
    • Walking trousers (never wear denim jeans, once wet they'll never dry out on a walk).
    • Water (staying hydrated is important).
    • Torch (particularly useful when the dark nights draw in).

Q: How easy is this walk?

  • A: Our walks are graded for difficulty as follows :-
    • Easy - walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
    • Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
    • Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some moderate ascents and descents and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
    • Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include steep ascents and descents, rough country and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
    • Technical - walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details.

  • Important additional advice :-
    • You are always responsible for your own safety.
    • Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. Contact the walk leader with any queries.
    • Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned.
    • If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy/leisurely walk first. It's much better to find a walk a little less challenging, than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Walk Leader's Guidance

You can find useful information to help leading walks for the group in the links below.
"Walker Leader's Checklist" general concise guide provided by the Ramblers.
"One Step Walk Leaders Guide" written for the club format of walks.