Walks - now listed on the main Ramblers website

Hints and advice

Walk Safe  As with many activities, while walking is usually a very safe pastime there is always the possibility that an accident can occur. Just as in crossing a road, to avoid the risk of an accident when walking on a footpath or in open country, all walkers should look out for possible hazards, such as tree roots or stones that might cause a trip.

Walk Slow If you have not done much walking before, or just want to try out walking as a new venture, or perhaps think yourself rather old for walking, then starting slowly with short walks is the ideal introduction.  You will find a welcome from fellow walkers and the pace will be easy, and soon you may well find yourself visiting parts of Snowdonia and North Wales that you have never seen before!

Grading of Walks

Because of the mountain terrain the North Wales Ramblers operate a more exact grading system than the one used by Ramblers.  Further details are contained in the six monthly Walks in North Wales booklet, which is sent to all members.

Grading:  Letters, from A to E, indicates how hard or easy the walk will be.

A    Strenuous, mostly mountains, perhaps including some scrambling.  If easier
       terrain, the walk will be long.

B     Moderate, for the reasonably fit, but usually visiting the mountain tops.

C     Moderate, hills and moorland up to 2,000ft/600 metres

D     Easy, mainly pastoral.

E      Leisurely, pastoral and often a half day walk.

What should I take on a walk?
The following is a list of suggested items, some of them seasonal. A mountain walk in winter requires more clothing and equipment than a short low level walk in summer.  However, on high ground conditions can worsen quickly at any time of year, hence the spare clothing.

  • Comfortable, waterproof boots or stout shoes.
  • Waterproof clothing including over trousers.
  • Packed lunch including a drink
  • Spare warm top or sweater, hat, gloves
  • Lightweight waterproof mat (to sit on)
  • Torch, map and small first aid kit
  • On sunny days, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Jeans are not advised as they are very uncomfortable if wet

Practical advice:

How much time will the walk take?
Most people walk at about 3km/2 miles in an hour but experienced walkers generally walk a little faster. Climbing hills slows you down - the usual rule of thumb is to add half an hour for every 300m climbed.  If walking with a Ramblers group the leader will adjust the pace to suit the participants, the terrain and the grade of walk.
First Aid kit
Whether you are walking in a group or alone it's a good idea to take along a First Aid kit. A range of kits are available to buy, or you can make up your own. 
Can I just show up on the day for a walk?
Yes, all you need to do is turn up at the meeting point and introduce yourself to the leader.  The meet is usually at a roadside point and identified with a description and a grid reference.  If walking maps and grid references are new to you, have a chat with the leader or the other walkers to find out more. You can give the leader a call if you are unsure of the start location.  
Anything else I should know?
If for any reason you decide to leave the walk please make sure that you tell the leader or the ‘back marker’, who is usually at the rear of the group.  Otherwise we may end up organising a search for you!  It is always best to stay with the group, particularly in the mountains.
Also, as many of our walks are through livestock areas as a general rule dogs are not allowed on the walks.  However, if you are keen to walk with your dog, which must be on a lead, please check with the walk leader by phone prior to the walk.

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