at an event?
All events are different because of the type of event, the
leaders, and the accommodation all have a bearing on what happens. Generally
on a weekend event - people arrive on the Friday, mingle and meet the leader
and the others who make up the group. Information on the walk, when it
starts and where to meet on the Saturday, will be given either as you meet
the leader or as an organised meeting. Walks usually leave on the Saturday
between 9-10am and aim to be back middle or late afternoon.
On Sunday the group will usually attend a local church or the leader will
organise a service to be taken at the hostel. This is followed by a walk
which aims to be completed by early afternoon.
Accommodation and Food
The YHA has a fantastic
variety of places to stay, from stately homes to a restored lifeboat house.
Most hostels have been renovated to allow for smaller rooms, better washing
facilities and some even have en-suite facilities. We also use independent
hostels, conference facilities and occasional guesthouses.
Most hostels provide all meals, which tend to be
very tasty and filling. Some hostels are self-catering and if this is the
case the leader will organise small groups to cook or organise a group meal
out. Please note that hostel self-catering kitchens tend to be small and can
be become crowded. Please be patient and respect other hostel user by
cleaning up after yourself.
Our leaders are members who have volunteered to help. This enables the club
to provide a wide range of walking events. Most leaders have full time
occupations and are not professional walkers or experts. Each one has been
approved by the committee, which consists of ordinary members elected at
each AGM. We expect all participants to be supportive of the leader and to
help out where appropriate.
The attendance of dogs on a walk is at the walk leader
discretion. Those dogs that are brought must be kept under control at all
times and the owner is responsible for the dog in all circumstances. Dogs
must be kept on a lead of less than 2 meters on open access land during bird
nesting season – 1st March – 31st July and at all times where there is