Information for walking with NDWG
Where do we meet?
Unless otherwise stated, we meet up to arrange to share lifts for Sunday walks.
In Nottingham we meet on Sundays outside the Trip to Jerusalem pub, Nottingham, NG1 6AD.
There is no meet point in Derby. If you are planning on going on a walk, please post a message on Facebook to see if a driver is planning to go.
We leave from the meet point at 9 o’clock on a Sunday. If you do get a lift please remember to:
- Offer the driver something towards the petrol and parking cost (£3-£10 is usual depending on distance)
- Carry a change of footwear for the return journey, to help keep the car clean.
You are more than welcome to turn up at the actual start point of the walk. It may be beneficial to contact the leader in advance to notify them that you plan to turn up. Walks generally leave from the start point when all the cars from the meet points have arrived. Usually this is not until 10:30am but for walks closer to the meet points it may be earlier. Please check the start time on the programme. Try and arrive at the start point 15 minutes before the start time to ensure prompt departure.
For Saturday and Wednesday walks please drive directly to the start point, arrange to lift-share with other members of the group or use public transport; many of these walks are planned with this in mind – check the walks page for links to timetable information.
A number of walks are accessible by public transport. Recommended transport and general public transport information be found in our handy guide.
Where do we walk?
Our walks generally involve no more than 1.5 hours travelling each way. The main areas where we walk are the Dark Peak, White Peak and sometimes in other areas, including Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. We offer occasional ‘Broad Horizons’ walks, for which about 2 hours driving is normal.
Whilst the majority of our day walks involve walking over gently rolling countryside, both the weather and the grade of our walks should determine what level of gear you take out with you.
You should always bring enough food with you. Some walks will stop at pubs but you should not assume that this will be the case. If we do stop at a pub please show respect and do not eat your own food in the pub or in the beer garden.
Items to bring with you depending on the weather and grade:
- Full waterproofs
- Good quality walking boots
- Extra food
- Plenty of warm, layered clothing
- Sensible walking trousers (not jeans as they easily become waterlogged and uncomfortable)
- Drink (water or sports drink)
We have 5 grades of walks ranging from grade A, the hardest, to Grade E, the easiest:
|A||Hard terrain to severe with very hard walking and offering excitement and a challenge with scrambling and up to and over an average of eight hours walking in mountainous areas||Scotland – backpacking, hard day walks. We do not class any walks outside of Scotland as ‘A’|
|B||Hard terrain, strenuous days offering excitement and challenge walking most of the day and only occasional scrambling in mountainous and hilly areas||Lakes, Snowdonia|
|C||Moderate terrain, reasonably energetic days on the hills involving rougher paths, longer distances and maybe a faster pace at times||Hard Peak District walks – maybe Edale Skyline etc|
|D||Easy terrain for people who enjoy the hills involving more climbs at a regular pace||Most of our Sunday walks|
|E||Very easy flattish terrain, often shorter in distance, suitable for people new to walking||Most of our Sunday walks|
Follow the Countryside Code – don’t leave litter, do shut gates if you’re the last through.
Take responsibility for yourself. Walk leaders are volunteers and are not necessarily trained in first aid. If you have an existing medical condition, make sure that someone on the walk knows what to do for you in an emergency. It might be helpful to inform the leader (especially on a weekend away), so they are aware of your condition and how you may be treating it.
Dogs on leads are usually welcome on walks but please check with the leader. Also there are a couple of things to bear in mind:
- Whenever livestock are close by, keep your dog under very close supervision
- Always keep your dog under control on walks
- Please don’t expect other drivers to be willing to take your dog in their car
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a member to walk?
Not at first, but after two or three you should join to help support the group. Click here for more information.
What shall I wear?
Good boots are essential, bring waterproofs & layered clothing. Don’t wear jeans.
Where do I meet for a walk?
If you need a lift or can offer one, then meet at the Derby or Nottingham meet points for Sunday walks. Click here for details about the meet points for Sunday walks.
If not, go directly to the walk start point. Click here for public transport options for many Wednesday and Saturday walks.
Should I bring a packed lunch?
Yes, and water. Some snacks for an energy boost are good and a flask in the winter. There may be a stop at a pub or café but don’t rely on this.
Do I need to book onto a walk?
No, you can just turn up. For extra peace of mind you can contact the walk leader if you are unsure of anything.
Are the leaders trained and qualified?
We are all keen volunteers that do our best to provide a fun and safe walk, but ultimately you are responsible for your own safety. If you have an existing medical condition it is up to you to ensure that someone on the walk knows what to do for you in an emergency.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs on leads are usually welcome if they travel in their owner’s car. Please check with the leader.