Walk With Us
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.
As COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted in England, from 6th March 2022 onwards we will no longer be limiting numbers on walks, and it will not be necessary to sign up in advance.
Nonetheless, please continue to follow government guidance regarding Coronavirus. If you are self isolating, continue to do so.
While on walks please maintain social distancing, travel to walk start points independently (or with other members of your immediate household), do not share food or drink, and consider bringing hand sanitiser/gloves for opening gates, face covering, etc.
Please note that the walk will not go ahead if fewer than three people (i.e. the leader and two walkers) turn up.
Where do we meet?
Due to COVID-19, our usual car sharing arrangements are suspended.
Please make your own way to the start point, being sure to arrive in plenty of time to find a parking place, put on your walking kit, etc. We suggest aiming at least 15-20 minutes before the published start time.
Most Saturday and Sunday walks start at 10:30 am, but the start time may be earlier if the location is very close to Nottingham and Derby or the route is especially long. Please check the programme to confirm.
A number of walks are accessible by public transport. Recommended transport and general public transport information can be found in our handy guide.
What gear do I need?
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
- Packed lunch, plus extra food
- Drink (water or sports drink)
- Plenty of warm, layered clothing
- Sensible walking trousers (not jeans as they easily become waterlogged and uncomfortable)
Out on walks
Follow the Countryside Code – don’t leave litter, do shut gates if you’re the last through.
You are responsible for your own safety. 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.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs on leads are usually welcome on walks but please check with the leader. Also there are a few 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.