Stockport Walking & Outdoor Group

Everyone taking part in Group activities does so at their own risk.

A key requirement of Health & Safety practice is taking personal responsibility for your own safety. This applies to taking part in group activities, as well as when at home or in the workplace. The following is not an exhaustive list, but alertness to the "slips, trips & falls" hazards of outdoor surroundings are as essential as suitable clothing & equipment:

    • Surfaces can be slippery with water, ice, vegetation, gravel etc.
    • Pay particular attention when passing through or over stiles (some are like ladders), gates, etc
    • Paths may be uneven, with tree-roots, rocks, stones, vegetation or holes.
    • Paths may pass alongside un-fenced cliffs, steep slopes and other hazards with serious risks of injury.
    • Encounters with farm or wild animals may be unpredictable.
    • Damaged or old fencework, walls and buildings may contain dangerous features.
    • Defined paths may be absent and require walking over hazardous ground comprising all the above and more.
    • Countryside road-walking still requires road-safety awareness.
  • Our activities frequently need specialist equipment (boots, waterproofs, etc) and the group does not provide these.
  • Your clothing and equipment should be suitable for the weather and intended activity.
  • Please contact the leader in advance if you are unsure what equipment will be appropriate and that the terrain and distance are suitable for you or anyone you accompany.
  • Should you attend an event and, in the opinion of the leader, pose a risk to the safety of yourself or the group, then you will be politely turned away. (For example: being ill-equipped)
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times on a Group event.
  • The Group will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss occurring as a result of any Group event or in connection with travel to such event, however caused.
  • Dogs are accepted at the leader’s discretion and should be kept on leads.
  • We expect everyone on our Outdoor activities to observe The Countryside Code.

Everyone taking part in Group activities does so at their own risk. Please read our accountability and risks statement in full.

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