|Walks Programme Development
Two Walks on the Same Day
In order to offer more variety within our walks programme, your committee has recommended that our Group introduces and supports the option to offer two walks on the same day.
This might involve a ‘figure of eight’ walk design where there are effectively two loops involved, with participants able to finish after the first loop if preferred. You may have noticed that a few of these have appeared on the programme over the past few weeks.
It might involve a linear, coach based walk with some participants walking the whole route and others being dropped off part way for a shorter walk but ending up at the same end point for transfer back to the start point.
Alternatively, it might involve two entirely different walks at perhaps different times from different locations. This is workable as long as the walks are sufficiently different to attract alternative participants and not to be ‘in competition’ with each other. This approach was trialled successfully during our recent Festival of Winter Walks initiative.
Our walks coordinators will assess whether any two walks submitted on the same day are sufficiently different to avoid overlap of likely participants and advise both leaders in advance if overlap is likely. Naturally, coordination and cooperation between walk leaders will be important here.
There are no particular guidelines concerning which days of the week the two walks should take place on as we want to continue to encourage walk leaders to exploit all seven days available to us! However, initially, they are likely to feature on our programme as requested on (say) one Saturday per month. The reason for this is to offer more variety to potential members who are currently employed and who cannot take part in mid week walks. An alternative remains of course to offer walks on a Sunday.
All this does not mean that walk leaders are expected to organise two walks unless they wish to do so. However, leaders should not be deterred from leading a walk on the same day as another walk providing it is sufficiently different.
We hope that you will support and contribute to this initiative over the course of the year and we will adapt the approach as we learn. If you require further information or have any feedback on this article, please do not hesitate to talk to a committee member or email them via the ‘Contact Us’ page on our website.