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Walkers Guide

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Derek
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Walkers Guide

Hello fellow walkers!

This guide is to help people who are considering coming along to the Oxford Social Walkers Meet-up group walks to determine if this is something suitable for them. It is also a reminder to our existing members of how we like to run things.


The Walks
We try to arrange most walks within a 1 hour travelling radius of Oxford, but sometimes let the beauty of the Cotswolds, Chilterns and Berkshire Downs drag us slightly further afield. We also try to walk at a steady pace to accommodate walkers of differing ages and abilities. We aim to undertake walks in the region of 5 - 11 miles to enable enough time to walk and finish in time for a pub lunch where appropriate. We also try to vary things by undertaking varying degrees of walks from fairly easy and flat to hilly walks with prolonged gradients.

Countryside code
We want to enjoy the countryside and all it has to offer and want to help ensure that it is maintained for other people to enjoy in the future. We therefore subscribe to following the countryside code and hope our members support is in this on our walks. Information about the guidelines of walking in the countryside can be found on the Natural England website..
Please always remember that gates should always be closed after use unless kept open by the farmer. Please be mindful of this if you are near the back of the group. If in doubt, please ask.
Also, where we are walking across crop fields, please keep to the designated footpath which may mean walking single file.

Walking Gear
The walks we undertake follow footpaths, bridle ways and tow paths. As such it is strongly recommended that you come prepared with comfortable worn in walking boots, a bottle of water, some energy bars or fruit, various layers of clothing and a waterproof jacket and trousers as weather can change. A small backpack to carry the extra clothing is also recommended.

Fitness
We endeavour to have a variety of walks to suit differing levels of fitness. We use the difficulty guidelines published with the walks as an indicator but ultimately it is down to the individual to determine if the walk is appropriate for them. If you are undecided then try contacting the walk organizer

Costs
As with all Oxford Social Walkers group events, we try not to charge for the events but would welcome donations towards covering the costs of materials such as walk route downloads and printouts and to help with funding the meetup subscription charges for the Oxford Social Walkers Meetup group. This will be somewhere around £1 per walk.

Walk Leaders
At times the organiser of the walk may not be the actual walk leader. However, there will be a nominated walk leader shown on the calendar entry in these circumstances. Please follow their directions at all times.

Dogs
The Sunday morning walks are ideal for dog walkers and we welcome well behaved dogs (and their owners wink) on the walks. Where possible we also try to have lunch at dog friendly pubs although this is not always possible.
Please indicate on your RSVP comment if you are bringing along your dog so we can change the pub if possible.

Children and Guests
The Oxford Social Walkers group is a child friendly group as outlined in our introduction. We want this to be fun for all so as you would expect, you are expected to be mindful of your charges and their actions. This also goes for any guests you bring along. We do expect that any children who attend are of an age to easily keep up with an adult pace for the duration of the walk.

Photographs
Members do take photographs on walks and these may include other members of the group who may get "tagged" when uploaded onto the group's photo pages. If for any reason you do not want pictures to be uploaded then inform the walk leader. We encourage pictures taken by members to be uploaded as a pictorial reminder of our events.

Lunch (or Dinner)
We believe in rewarding ourselves for our toils with a good Sunday lunch at one of the many wonderful pubs the area has to offer. It's also another chance to socialise. We try to stick to pubs that let us pay individually for lunches and drinks so there is no need to work out equal shares and who had what, etc.
Therefore please remember what you ordered and make sure you don't forget to pay on the way out!!! The group doesn't have a fund to cover you!.
Please update your posting comment with if you want a lunch place as will use this reply to try an make a booking with a pub. If you don't replay we will assume your answer is "No".

Mobile Numbers
We don't give out mobile numbers on this site to protect peoples privacy as this meetup group is publicly available to the whole of the internet. If you become a regular member & walker and want to be notified of any walk cancellations, or get directions when lost to a start point, then text your name to the OSW mobile number on the event.
In return we will then send a text message back to that number to confirm receipt. We will never pass on your number to anyone else without your approval first.

Car Sharing
There is a separate thread for this, located on this link.

Safety
We all want to enjoy the freedom of the countryside but we want for everyone to do this safely. There are occasions when we have to walk on and cross public roads. Please observe any instructions from the walk leader such as which side of the road to walk on and when to walk single file. We do not want people walking on both sides of the road unless there are exceptional conditions.
When crossing roads, you are responsible for your own safety...do not cross a road just because the rest of the group has. Keep your own eyes and ears open for traffic. If in doubt, stay put, we'd rather wait a few more minutes for a gap in the traffic than take any risks.
If someone has already crossed, take heed of any advice but again, be aware of your own safety.
In addition, if you see or hear a hazard, please let the rest of the group know, such as shouting "CAR coming" or "BIKE coming" if you near the front or back of the group to let others in the group know.

Insurance
As meetup groups are purely a mechanism for like minded people to arrange gatherings on a non profit basis, you would be right to assume that there is no civil liability insurance cover for the group or anyone attending a meetup. You may also be aware that Section 6.2 of the M­eetup Terms and services, there is a release clause for Meetup, Organizers and Assistant Organizers which was applied at the time of signing up to meetup. Please ensure that if you have any doubts over what would happen in the advent of any accidents, injuries or damage to property, that you check your own personal insurance cover and take out appropriate cover.

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