Code of Conduct for walkers



We, the members, will endeavour: –

  • To protect the environment and to maintain good relations with others.
  • Follow the Country Code wherever possible i.e.
  • Enjoy the countryside and respect its life and work.
  • Guard against all risk of fire.
  • Fasten all gates (unless found open)
  • Keep dogs under close control.
  • Keep to public paths across farmland.
  • Use gates and stiles to cross fences, hedges and walls.
  • Leave livestock, crops and machinery alone.
  • Take litter home.
  • Help to keep all water clean.
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
  • Take special care on country roads.
  • Make no unnecessary noise.
  • Show consideration for other users of paths and bridleways.
  • Walk not more than two abreast on all field paths.
  • Retain the goodwill of the landlord, refrain from using the facilities of a public house unless a purchase has been made and remove or cover muddy boots before entering.
  • No flasks to be used on the public house premises including gardens and car park.

In the interest of safety: –

  • Always use a footpath (pavement) if one is available.
  • Walk in single file along one side of roads without a footway.
  • As a general rule, face oncoming traffic but take special care on bends.

In consideration for other members: –

  • Follow instructions given by walks leaders.
  • Let the leader set the pace.
  • Do not walk ahead of the leader unless asked to do so.
  • Try not to let a large gap develop between you and the person ahead.
  • Ensure that walkers behind are aware of the direction taken.
  • Tell the leader before leaving the Group.

Cancellation of walks:-

All leaders will make every effort to get to the start of the walk. If they are unable to go for any reason, they will find a substitute leader. So if you don’t see anyone at the start point, it is most likely that you are in the wrong place, or at the wrong time! However, there will be circumstances, such as a national crisis or extreme weather conditions, when a walk cannot run. If you are in any doubt, please phone the leader before the walk to check. Leaders will attempt to lead the walk unless conditions make it impossible or dangerous to do so.