INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS
As we advance from the restrictions made by the pandemic, we the committee would like to update members on the existing decisions made by us to ensure the safety of our members. We have set out a collective of measures which we think will have to stay in place for the time being. We aim to ease our way out of the Covid situation with caution.
3 members of the committee have agreed to take names for the walks. The name will be announced by email to all members on the Wednesday (sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page), the first week after a walk. If you want to put your name down for the next walk please read the following:
✔ TEXT ONLY. No emails, phone calls or messages
✔ Give your name, your pick-up point
✔ DO NOT book a seat for more than one person unless a couple or family member
✔ DO NOT text before the list is put out on the Wednesday
✔ Only 30 seats will be available until further notice
✔ A waiting list will be kept when the 30 seats are taken
✔ Those names on the waiting list will have 1st priority on the next walk list
✔ DO NOT turn up for a walk on the day
✔ Masks to be worn at all times while on the bus
✔ Text only the person who has been named to take the names, which is not always the leader.
We hope that these measures are only temporary and when it is safe to do so we will revert back to a full bus.
Behind the scenes
As a club we pride ourselves in welcoming new members to enjoy the experience of the outdoors and to ensure the safety of all our members. In order to achieve this, we as a committee would like to inform you of how we plan and conduct each walk with your safety in mind.
The Planning of Walks
The planning of a walk begins with the Walks Convener who has to find a suitable walk or walks. This involves (in our club) Ken Paton who generously gives of his own time and effort to research routes that are interesting, scenic and safe. It is not an easy task by any means and consists of weeks or months of research to compile a list for each summer and winter seasons. When Ken has completed the list it is presented to the committee members for their consideration and any adjustments made. This will include the dates of the walks and who will lead them. We rely on the generosity of our members to volunteer for the walks and to be competent in keeping everyone safe.
The Walk Leader
The responsibility of a walk leader is no easy task. The walk they choose has to be recced in advance. They are given a map by the Walks Convener and they then have to go and familiarise themselves with the route. This is done in their own time.
To begin with they have to consider a breakfast stop for members. This involves seeking out cafes that can accommodate our numbers, speaking to the owners to ensure they can meet our needs, and assessing where the bus can park safely. They have to find a safe parking spot for the bus at the start of the walk, and if its a linear walk,- where the bus has to pick us up. The Walk Leader will give a brief talk before the walk to make sure everyone is prepared. They will make sure the paperwork is correct The Leader will appoint a Back Marker who will have accompanied the leader on the recce and also is familiar with the route.
This is to ensure that the group is kept together and no one will be left behind. On the walk itself, the leader will have chosen the best place for short stops and lunch breaks. Timing is essential on a recce. It is important to remind everyone that No one should walk ahead of the leader unless they have given permission to do so. Walk Leaders have a legal responsibility under Ramblers Association rules to ensure everyone is safe and it has been known that people have got lost by going ahead of the leader and taking a wrong turning, this results in a delay trying to locate them and affects the timing of the walk. It is important that no one should go off on their own for ‘comfort stop’ without informing the back marker.
If any walker has a medical condition they should inform the Walk Leader in the event of an emergency. It is important that walkers wear the correct clothing and footwear as it is well known that the weather changes quickly. The Walk Leader will take control and be assertive when needed.
All of the above is to ensure that members enjoy the walk, are safe and well informed.
In the event that there are 2 walks on the same day, each leader will have done the recce and collaborated on the times on starting the walk and finishing the walk and where the starting point will be and the finishing point. There may be a delay on the finishing time due to location of the walks and any problem that may develop. Please be patient as safety is a priority.
Thank you for your understanding
Our Walking Grades
Metres x 3.3inch = Feet
(150 Metres = 500 Feet Approx.)
Kilometres x ⅝ mile = Miles
(16 Kilometres = 10 Miles Approx.)
Quick Distance Conversion List
|Km To Miles||Miles To Km|
|1 Km In Miles = 0.62 Miles||1 Miles In Km = 1.61 Km|
|2 Km In Miles = 1.24 Miles||2 Miles In Km = 3.22 Km|
|3 Km In Miles = 1.86 Miles||3 Miles In Km = 4.83 Km|
|4 Km In Miles = 2.49 Miles||4 Miles In Km = 6.44 Km|
|5 Km In Miles = 3.11 Miles||5 Miles In Km = 8.05 Km|
|6 Km In Miles = 3.73 Miles||6 Miles In Km = 9.66 Km|
|7 Km In Miles = 4.35 Miles||7 Miles In Km = 11.27 Km|
|8 Km In Miles = 4.97 Miles||8 Miles In Km = 12.87 Km|
|9 Km In Miles = 5.59 Miles||9 Miles In Km = 14.48 Km|
|10 Km In Miles = 6.21 Miles||10 Miles In Km = 16.09 Km|
|11 Km In Miles = 6.84 Miles||11 Miles In Km = 17.7 Km|
|12 Km In Miles = 7.46 Miles||12 Miles In Km = 19.31 Km|
|13 Km In Miles = 8.08 Miles||13 Miles In Km = 20.92 Km|
|14 Km In Miles = 8.7 Miles||14 Miles In Km = 22.53 Km|
|15 Km In Miles = 9.32 Miles||15 Miles In Km = 24.14 Km|
|16 Km In Miles = 9.94 Miles||16 Miles In Km = 25.75 Km|
|17 Km In Miles = 10.56 Miles||17 Miles In Km = 27.36 Km|
|18 Km In Miles = 11.18 Miles||18 Miles In Km = 28.97 Km|
|19 Km In Miles = 11.81 Miles||19 Miles In Km = 30.58 Km|
|20 Km In Miles = 12.43 Miles||20 Miles In Km = 32.19 Km|
|21 Km In Miles = 13.05 Miles||21 Miles In Km = 33.8 Km|
|22 Km In Miles = 13.67 Miles||22 Miles In Km = 35.41 Km|
|23 Km In Miles = 14.29 Miles||23 Miles In Km = 37.01 Km|
|24 Km In Miles = 14.91 Miles||24 Miles In Km = 38.62 Km|
|25 Km In Miles = 15.53 Miles||25 Miles In Km = 40.23 Km|
TRANSPORT & BOOKING ON A WALK
We run a 50 seater coach to all walks. The usual bus fare is £12.00 but may be higher depending on the distance travelled and size of group. £15 is the highest fare currently charged but there can occasionally be additional costs such as ferry fares and local buses – these would be indicated in the email newsletter. Please ask when booking if you wish to know the cost in advance. Bookings are taken on a “First Come – First Served” basis.
Places can be booked on the previous walk when the sheet goes round the bus at the end of the day or by telephoning the leader, whose number appears next to each walk. When ‘phoning to book a place on a walk please try and do so between 6pm and 7pm during the week prior to the walk, and book early as buses have to be confirmed two days prior to the walk. Please also state your telephone number and pick-up point if leaving a message on an answering machine so that the leader can call you back and confirm your place on the bus.
Please note it is also important to cancel if you are unable to attend a walk and to phone the leader as soon as possible (or any committee member if you are unable to contact the leader). This is important as it saves time waiting on anyone who has failed to cancel and also gives someone else a chance to book that seat. You may be charged the full fare if you fail to cancel and someone else had their booking request declined.
Mobile numbers are also on the programme for emergency use only e.g. if running late or having to cancel on morning of the walk.
When walking with the club adequate footwear and clothing are essential. Be prepared for adverse weather conditions. Carry a packed lunch. Boots are essential on “A” and “B” grade walks and are recommended on “C” grade walks. The Ramblers Association cannot take responsibility for damages or loss incurred on a ramble or other club activity.
Follow the Country Code:
- Close gates
- Take litter home
- Face oncoming traffic, etc
Please do NOT walk in front of the leader or leave a ramble without informing the leader. Children under 16 years of age should be accompanied by an adult. Holidays and social events are offered to club members. All those interested in walking are welcome to join the group. After participating in two walks with the group we would expect you to join the Ramblers Association, otherwise you may not be accepted on a walk. Membership forms are available from the Group Secretary. Joining the Ramblers Association gives automatic membership of your local group and the right to walk and socialise with any other groups UK-wide.
Walks are subject to change at the Leader’s discretion. Please inform the leader of any medical condition which you have which he / she should be aware of.
A booking and information sheet will be circulated around the bus for any social events being held during the Winter months, and advertisements will be placed in the “Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser” for the same. Also, the Committee welcomes any suggestions for walks which anyone would like to see on either the Summer or Winter programmes, or suggestions for social events.
Please contact any Committee member with regard to this and we will endeavour to include these walks or events at the earliest possible opportunity. Note to Leaders : it would be helpful if leaders of joint walks could do their reccies at the same time as this would assist with determining the timing of the two walks and would also save on reccie expenses.
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