Monday 27th September, 2021

Walks Programme & Information

Changes to Programme

The club puts in a lot of work to provide a varied programme of walks for it's members. Sometimes though, due to unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to amend, substitute or cancel a walk at short notice.

Meeting Place

Please note that we are currently not meeting at UHI car park. Walkers registered with the leader should go directly to the starting point of the walk.

Health and Safety Guidance For Walkers

Walking is generally a very safe activity, but mishaps cannot always be forseen or prevented. Each member of the group is responsible for their own safety.

The walk leader will carry a basic first aid kit, but will not necessarily have a first aid qualification. The Club has third-party insurance: this is not personal accident insurance. Any walker who requires personal accident insurance should make their own arrangements.

Responsibilities For Those On Club Walks

The following documents give the responsibilities for those attending a club walk, along with those organising and helping on walks. Please read these and familiarise yourself with the responsibilities. (These documents can be found in the 'Info' area of the club website, in the 'GGWC Club Documents' section).

Responsibilities Of All Walkers

Responsibilities Of The Walk Leader

Responsibilities Of The Back Marker

Walk Gradings

The key to grades of walks shown on our walk programme is as follows:-

DateWalk
AHill walking with ascent over 1500 feet, or lower level walks over 15 miles.
B+Greater than B but less than A.
BLesser hill up to 1500ft or moorland walks, or low level walks between 11 - 14 miles.
C+Greater than C but less than B.
CLow level walking 6 - 10 miles, possibly including some minor ascents up to 1000ft.
DUp to 6 miles, and all evening walks.

It should be noted that 'C' walks are not short or half day 'A' or 'B' walks. They are provided so that the club can meet its objective of catering for all ages and walking strengths.

Safety

Members are asked to ensure that they are fit for all walks they intend to undertake. Be aware that if you are unfit, you risk your own safety and that of others on the walk.

All routes are pre-walked by the Walk Leader prior to the club outing. This allows them to check for any circumstances that may require a change in the route or itinerary, for example due to weather conditions. However, members are expected to take care of their own SAFETY as no liability can be accepted by the Club. Members and prospective members are expected to follow the rules of the Club.

Equipment

The following equipment is recommended:-

If you come ill prepared or ill-suited for the expected conditions, the leader may advise you not to participate. If you choose to disregard this advice it will be at your own risk. Neither the club nor the leader can accept responsibility for the consequences.

Dogs

No dogs are allowed on any club walks, with the exception of Registered Assistance Dogs.

** Group Walks During The Covid 19 Pandemic **

The covid 19 virus is highly contagious, and no social situation is free of risk. Your committee has decided to restart walks, but with appropriate precautionary measures. If you wish to walk with the group you must follow the guidance below.

Each member is responsible for his/her own safety, and must also be mindful of the safety and concerns of others.

If you have any of the following symptoms:-

DO NOT walk with the group. You should immediately self-isolate, and arrange to be tested for the virus. An online guide is available HERE.

In order to manage numbers, we need you to reserve your place with the walk leader.

Walkers will meet at the start of the walk rather than at the usual rendezvous point. The walk description will include directions to the start point.

The Scottish Government continues to advise against car sharing. If you do arrange to share transport with someone outwith your household, please refer to the safety guidance listed HERE.

The leader will take a register, which will be retained for at least 21 days in case required for contact-tracing purposes.

On the walk, try to maintain a 2-meter distance from others, apart from members of your own household.

Each walker must carry a mask, hand sanitizer, and their own basic first aid kit. Masks will not normally be required while walking, but are advisable where close contact is unavoidable (for example when a fellow walker requires assistance)

You should sanitize your hands before and after handling a gate, crossing a style, or assisting a fellow walker.

Walks Programme

Click on walk title for more details of that day's outing.

DateWalk
Sat 28 AugLoch Coulin and Loch Clair
Sun 5 SepLurcher’s Crag via Coire an Lochan
Sat 11 SepGael-charn Mor and Carn Dearg Mor
Sun 19 SepTarbat Ness Circular
Sat 25 SepUllapool Hill to Loch Achall
Sun 3 OctBeinn Bhuidhe Mhor and Bheag
Sat 9 OctRiver Nairn and Crook Wood
Sun 17 OctBrown Muir
Sat 23 OctSlochd to Sluggan Bridge Circular
Sun 31 OctRoseisle to Burghead