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We want to encourage as many OOS members as possible to lead walks for the group. So if you are new to leading, these notes are intended to help in planning your walk . If you would like some support from an experienced leader in organising or leading your first walk, this can be arranged – just ask!

Walk features  These are general guidelines and walks that don’t fit these criteria can be included in the programme but please bear in mind that fewer people may book on to walks that are further away or longer, most of our walks can be charecterised as :

  • Between approximately five and seven miles in length
  • Easy or moderate inclines and descents: avoid climbs involving scrambling
  • Starting point within an hour’s drive from Manchester
  • Pub or tea shop during or at the end of the walk: desirable but not essential

Walk details  Leaders prepare this information for publilcation on the website about a week before the walk. The following points should be covered:

  • Length of the walk and summary of main features on route – views, landmarks, geographic or historical points of interest
  • Extent of any ascents and descents
  • Type of terrain – paths, tracks, moorland, across fields etc
  • Obstacles eg stiles, cattle grids, stepping stones
  • Suitability for dogs
  • Expected conditions underfoot and recommended footwear
  • Availability of refreshments and toilet facilities, if any, at lunch stop or start / end of walk
  • Pub or tea shop, if any, at end of walk
  • Special features – eg return to start by train or bus
  • Exact location of starting point. If you can, please provide a “what three words” reference.  OS map references can also be used to pinpoint exact meeting point.  (Postcodes are not particularly useful outside urban areas as they can cover large areas)
  • Your mobile phone number for contact on the day (check for signal coverage at the start point when you recce the walk)
  • Starting time – normally 12:00 or 12:30 but not fixed
  • Availability, restrictions and cost of parking (if parking is limited suggest car-sharing)
  • Accessibility by public transport, if any
  • Basic directions to starting point from nearest main town, city or motorway junction

Risk assessment  Before publishing details of the walk, leaders carry out a recce and risk assessment of the route to identify any potential hazards and measures to avoid or mitigate them, this is incorporated in the walk details.

Posting walk details on the website

  • Allow at least seven days before the walk date
  • Complete the form using the guidlines above
  • To upload walk details and risk assessment click here (this is a link to an external website : Jotform)
  • Thank you for offering to lead this walk for Out on Sunday and –
  • as always, if you have any problems just shout out!

Some useful links

  •   what3words – This link is to the tower of St Ann’s Church, Manchester, considered to be the centre of the city and the point from which all distances (to/from Manchester) are measured. You can obtain a reference for the start point of your walk using the site or the apps.  More information about what3words here and download apps below

     

OOS : May 2022