To enjoy your walking

walkers3Assemble with your leader as soon as you get off the coach, so the leader knows who is in their walk party. Please do not wander off on your own before the walk starts. Always keep behind your leader to help him or her and the rest of the party keep to a comfortable pace and ensure nobody gets lost.

There is usually a choice of 4 rambles (strenuous, moderate and easy grades) led by Ramblers guides. Walk route details are available upon booking. 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 grade walk for your first time out. It's much better to find the walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Most Public Rambles' walks are off-road and can include rocky paths, muddy tracks, arable fields, and grassland. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for your walk and bring adequate food and drink - see below. Please use a rucksack to carry your provisions for the day on your back, which leaves your hands free when needed to grip onto a stile, or to open or close a gate, or if you are scrambling during the walk. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the organisers or the walk leader in advance, and always well before the coach reaches the first dropping-off point on the day.

For your own and others' safety please read and abide by any advice and guidelines issued by the Public Rambles Committee and follow the instructions of your walk leader during the day. 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 to happen. All who join Public Rambles do so at their own risk.

Our coaches are equipped with toilets for emergency use, and toilet stops are made during the outward and return journeys. All passengers are conveyed subject to coach operators' standard conditions of carriage. Sorry but dogs cannot be taken on the coaches.

What to wear and carry

rocky shoreStrong boots or walking shoes with well-patterned soles, and a change of footwear in a plastic bag for the return journey. Waterproof jacket and overtrousers (gaiters are optional). Warm gloves and hat. Simple first-aid kit. Layers of clothing allow the walker to keep warm or cool, but should not include jeans, which are very cold when wet. Change of footwear and clothing may be left on the coach during the walk - all walks finish at the coach pick-up point at the end of the day.

Bring plenty to drink to last the whole day - especially important on hot days, and easy-to-eat foods - sufficient for two meals. Most walks will finish in locations with refreshments but this cannot be guaranteed. A map for the walk may add to your enjoyment of the day, but is not essential as the leaders will guide you.

Identification: In case of an incident on the day, the Public Rambles Committee would find it helpful if each walker could complete the details below. A tag with this information attached to your rucksack would be ideal!
•Name and address:
•Contact telephone:
•Date of birth:
•Bloodgroup and medication:
(Car drivers may additionally wish to identify their vehicle and its parking location.)

These walks are organised by the Merseyside and West Cheshire Area of the Ramblers. Experienced leaders take you on country walks by coach into the beautiful countryside that can be reached in only a few hours from our city.

If you enjoyed your walk, then you are more than welcome to come on our future public rambles. But if once a month is not enough then maybe you would like to join the Ramblers which will enable you to join one of the local groups. The national Ramblers' website is www.ramblers.org.uk and has links to all the local websites.