Stockport Walking & Outdoor Group

Sunday walks etiquette

Leaders responsibilities

Walk leaders need to look out for, particularly in large groups, when participants at the back of walks are in danger of being left behind. If necessary, experienced participants should be “deputised” to remain to the rear.

While the group does generally wait for slower people to catch up, leaders are advised to consider letting them catch their breath and/or look at the view before resuming the walk.

Walkers responsibilities:

For your own safety, and the safety of the group you must ensure you are suitably equipped (see equipment and clothing section). If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to continue with a walk at any point you must discuss this with the walk leader at the earliest opportunity. 

If you carry a walking pole, please take care that you do not trip other walkers. Pole carriers need to be especially careful when climbing stiles to avoid waving a pole in the air risking injury to someone waiting behind.

Dogs on walks

Dogs should be kept under control by their owners at all times to avoid posing a danger to other walkers or countryside users.

Type of walk
The length and strenuousness of walks vary. The walks organiser will try to provide a varied programme of walks which cater for different preferences and abilities.  We are dependant on leaders volunteering and what they are prepared to undertake.

Everyone taking part in Group activities does so at their own risk.
        • 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. 
        • Members attending are reminded that outdoor activities frequently need specialist equipment (boots, waterproofs, etc) and the group does not provide these. 
        • 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 for the terrain and weather conditions)
        • Please contact the leader in advance if you are unsure what will be appropriate for the event. 
        • Accompanied children under 18 are welcome but please check with the walk leader beforehand to ensure that the terrain and distance are suitable.
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