I am on the waiting list for a walk. How do I get a place?
When somebody cancels, as frequently happens, everybody on the waiting list automatically gets an email with the subject ‘There is room in walk X’, saying ‘Act quickly! spot just opened up for The Edinburgh Walking & Socialising Meetup Group for walk X. Say you're going before someone else does.’
Do not reply to the message, and do not mail the organizers.
Instead, click on the link in the email to the walk’s page. Above the list of people attending, you should see, in big letters, ‘You're on the waitlist’. Click on the ‘Change your mind’ button, and select ‘Yes’. But you have to do this quickly – it is first come, first served.
If you are successful, you will then receive a confirmatory email.
I have received an email saying there is room on a walk, but when I go to the walk’s page, I cannot change my RSVP to ‘yes’
If this happens, it means that somebody else was quicker than you in taking the space which opened up. Places on the waiting list are first come, first served. Try to be quicker next time!
Is it worth joining a long waiting list?
If you are keen to get on a walk, don’t be put off by a long waiting list. People nearly always cancel in the days leading up to a walk. If you are quick – see the two questions above – you will get a place.
I am booked on a walk but I cannot make it
If you know in advance that you cannot make it to a walk on which you are booked, please ensure you visit the walk’s web page and change your RSVP to ‘no’. This ensures that people on the waiting list get a chance to take your place.
If you are unable to make it to a walk at the last minute, if the organizer of the particular walk has posted or mailed a mobile number, please call or text him/her as soon as possible. This prevents everyone waiting around at the start of the walk on the offchance that you might appear. If the organizer has not supplied a phone number, please log in to the web site as soon as you can and send the organizer of the walk a message.
I failed to turn up for a walk and did not let the organizer know
This is considered to be very bad form, as it causes resentment, understandably, among the people on the waiting list. In these circumstances you will be recorded as a ‘no show’. If you are a ‘no show’ three times in a six-month period, you may be banned from the group.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome on the majority of this group’s walks. If dogs are not permitted, such as if the walk crosses a nature reserve, the details of the individual walk will make this clear.
Please make sure you and your dog behave with consideration to other walkers, though. In general, dogs should be kept on short leads, so as not to be inconvenient or even dangerous for other walkers. On countryside and hill walks, especially in the spring, short leads are even more essential due to sheep and lambs.
What do I need to bring on a walk?
Most of our walks include a picnic stop, so bring something to eat. You must also have drinking water. Dress appropriately for being out of doors in Scotland. This is especially crucial on hill walks, where the weather can be very changeable and the terrain muddy and difficult: proper walking boots are essential, and warm, waterproof clothes.
A walk organiser may turn away a member who is not appropriately dressed. If this happens, it is for the safety of the individual member and for the group as a whole.
What are the group’s walks like?
Our walks are very informal. The organizer will try to get everyone together at certain points, to ensure that nobody gets lost or left behind, but between times, people tend to fall into twos or threes and walk and talk together on the route. Some people on walks already know each other, others do not, but there is no sense of there being any cliques, and new members are always made welcome.
How can I be sure of not getting lost?
Because the organizer of a walk is usually the only person who knows the route, it is important to keep the organizer in sight, and not walk on too far ahead. The organizer will also try to ensure that nobody falls back too much.
This is especially important on hill walks, and in bad weather.
How is the group run?
The group is run by a very loose committee of organizers, who only get together themselves maybe three times a year. Each organizer can choose to put events on the calendar as and when he or she wishes.
Because of its size, it is necessary for the group to have a constitution, which you can read here if you are interested.
Why are there not more walks available?
If you want more walks, or particular kinds of walks, why not consider becoming an organizer? More organizers are always welcome. If, after attending a few events, you are interested in joining the committee, just have a word with any existing organizer.
There are two huge advantages in being an organizer: you get to decide where and when to go, and you always get a place on your own events!
What are the bus fares from Edinburgh to the Pentlands?
Return fares from Edinburgh are as follows: