Walk Leaders

Walk Leader Resources

First Time Leader

After being a member of The Ramblers for 2 years I decided I would like to lead a walk. I asked Annie a new rambler and work colleague of mine to do a recce with me and Sandra Chapman was very supportive and gave me lots of advice and tips.

We used a 10 mile route which had been published in the Worcester News by Julie Royle but changed it to fit in with a 5 mile walk. Using Julie’s map and a print out from the internet we set off. As we were novices it did take us all day to finalise the route and one field had crops growing right up to the fence which made the path almost impassable. There was also a misleading sign which took us on a detour but we did eventually get back on track.

Annie and I thoroughly enjoyed the recce and were looking forward to sharing it with the group. The starting point was Manor Farm Restaurant in St Johns. Sandra thought the walk would be popular as it was local and 5 miles in length.  As Annie and I arrived on the car park, there were already a number of ramblers stood by their cars. As we started to put on our boots, more and more cars started pulling up. By the time, we were due to set off 42 people had decided to join us, so with me and Annie making 44, it was a record turnout, which to this day remains unbeaten.

The experienced ramblers on the day made sure the walk went smoothly and organised a look out post over the unmanned railway tracks. A good time was had by all followed by a delicious carvery at Manor Farm.

I would definitely recommend leading a walk and look forward to leading another walk soon.

Sue Cartridge

Sue Cartridge

Maps & Guides

Worcester Ramblers are increasingly acquiring maps and trail guides that have been sourced through the use of Group funds and are therefore Group assets.

Access to these will be made available to our members for individuals use on a temporary basis.

If you are a Worcester Group member or leader, you can borrow the item for three weeks by contacting Heather Fraser.

The initial stock will obviously be modest but should build up over time.

Terms of Reference

  1. Available to Worcester Ramblers members and Worcester Ramblers leaders only.
  2. Maps and Guides loan period of three weeks.
  3. Associated maps if available to be available for use on recce initiative & support on the ground days.
  4. It is requested that damaged or lost items should be replaced.

If you have any maps or trail guides that are current but surplus to your own requirements, please contact Heather to let her know.

We currently have the following items.

  •  Guides
    • The Wyche Way Guide by Guy Vowles 
    • OS Trail Guide Cotswold Way, 1:25000
    • Ramblers Guide, Hereford Trail
    • Ramblers Guide, Connemara
    • Ramblers Guide, Lake District
  • Maps
    • OS 190 Active, Malvern Hills & Bredon Hill, 1:25000
    • OS 202, Leominister & Bromyard, 1:25000
    • OS 204 Active, Worcester & Droitwich, 1:25000
    • OS 205 Active, Stratford Upon Avon & Evesham, 1:25000
    • OS 217 The Long Mynd & Wenlock Edge 1:25000
    • OS 337, Peebles & Innerleithen, 1:25000
  • Videos
    • A Walk in the Woods, Cert 15



Walking Library

Walk Leader Role Description

Purpose Of The Role

Share your enthusiasm for walking and your knowledge of the walking environment, by leading people on walking routes in a welcoming, safe, responsible and enjoyable way.


Before You Agree To Lead A Walk

Be familiar with  the terms of the insurance cover and the expectations of being a Walk Leader

Planning The Walk

  • Liaise with your Group’s Walks Coordinator to choose a walk that is suitable for the programme and that complements other walks in the programme.  Ideally each programme will have a good variety of walks.  You will need to consider things such as distance, terrain and accessibility of start and finish points. 
  • Agree the date for the walk so that it can be published in the walks programme and remain committed to it.
  • Provide details of the walk to your Group’s Programme Coordinator in the required format to enable the walk to be publicised.
  • Familiarise yourself with the route before leading the walk, looking out particularly for hazards, places where it is easy to miss a turning, good places to stop for rests or shelter, and refreshment en route.

On The Day Of The Walk

  • Be responsible for leading the party of walkers, ensuring their safety and enjoyment at all times.  Take a copy of the Walk Leader’s checklist with you to act as an aide-memoire.
  • Deal with any questions and issues with good humour and patience.
  • Enjoy the walk and thank everyone for coming.

Skills And Experience

  • A passion for walking and an affinity with all the charitable aims of the Ramblers
  • Previous experience of walking in the environment that you would like to lead in
  • Good communication in order to welcome walkers, and give clear guidance and instruction throughout the walk.
  • Ability to keep a group together & remain calm during unforeseen circumstances

Support Available

Existing Walk Leaders are always available to give support and advice. Many Walk Leaders take their first walks under the guidance of another experienced leader. Some Groups already offer navigation and first aid training. The Led Walks Team offer support on all aspects of walk leading and will offer training for leaders in the future. 

Further information is available from the Led Walks Team. 2nd Floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW 

ledwalks@ramblers.org.uk / 020 7339 8519

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