We are a walking and social group based in Brighton and Hove and our members are mainly in their 30's, 40's and 50's. Our walks usually range anything from 4 to 15 miles in length and cover the attractive countryside of East and West Sussex, particularly the areas around the South Downs, and less frequently, the High Weald or Ashdown Forest.
Why not try walking with us? We don't ask you to pay to join us on your first three walks, although it is essential to have a confirmed RSVP before coming along to our Meetups. Afterwards, in order to continue walking with our group, you must become a paid-up member of the Ramblers (http://www.ramblers.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-member.aspx). The cost of membership is very reasonable and it also includes other benefits. Please then bring your membership card with you on our walks.
There are regularly between ten and forty people on our walks, which take place every Sunday throughout the year, and often on Wednesday evenings during the lighter summer months. We like to provide a choice of two Sunday walks in different locations whenever possible. Various styles and types of walks are offered by our leaders. Full details for the current period are given in the walks programme (https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route.aspx?group=SX02&tab=walks) (click on this link and select Sunday and / or Wednesday under the 'Day of week' tab to see only the Sunday/Wednesday evening walks). Also, then click on the title of the walk, highlighted in red, to see additional information, including the precise location of the starting point. Contact the named leader directly if you have any questions about a particular walk.
Some of our walks are only accessible by car, but if you do not have your own transport then lifts may be available from other car owning members of the group, although this cannot be guaranteed. We encourage any Brighton based drivers going on 'cars required' walks to travel via our central meeting point at the south end of Preston Park, near to the Rose Garden. Click https://tinyurl.com/BrightonRoseG for a map. Offers to car share from other locations are also welcomed. Travel expenses are divided equally between the driver and the passengers, with the rate currently being 30p per mile.
As for what equipment to bring: suitable footwear, such as walking boots or walking shoes, something to keep you dry if it rains and something to keep you warm when it is cold.
Most of our longer walks include a pub or café stop at lunchtime, usually averaging around 75 minutes. Table places inside are limited, although it may be possible to make a reservation in advance via the walk leader. Such requests should only be made if you are certain of attending. Otherwise, we always recommend bringing a packed lunch as an alternative. Some walks are picnic only and this is stated in the walk description. It is important that members do not consume their own picnic lunches in pub gardens unless the landlord has granted permission.
Fully paid-up members of the Ramblers can attend any walk regardless of waitlists, but we would encourage you to RSVP. Inform the event host if you are a member and remain on the waitlist. This is to give our volunteer walk leaders an idea of how many are attending and also to keep the numbers manageable. You must only RSVP yes to one of our walks if there is a choice of two on the same date.
• ‘L’ LEISURELY WALKS for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended. May include a few short ascents and descents.
• ‘M’ MODERATE WALKS for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country or could be more than 9 miles in length. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
It should be noted that we rarely have an official backmarker, so the onus is on you to always keep sight of another member of the group in front. The walk leader's concentration will mainly be on the route ahead, which can be sometimes be complex, so they may not be fully aware of everything happening behind them. Do call out if you need to draw attention anything specific. We also suggest that you make a note of their mobile phone number for possible use if an emergency arises during the walk, although network signals are still poor in many local areas. You will find individual contact numbers in the walks programme (https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route.aspx?group=SX02&tab=walks).
With the exception of Registered Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs), dogs will only be welcome on walks with the express permission of the individual walk leader, whose decision is final. To avoid any confusion, walkers bringing dogs must always check beforehand with the walk leader, unless a particular walk is already listed in the walks programme (https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route.aspx?group=SX02&tab=walks) as being 'dog friendly'. These walks can easily be identified by checking the filter under the 'suitability' tab. All dogs should be closely controlled, kept on a lead where appropriate, and should not alarm other walkers.
The Brighton and Hove Group of The Ramblers and its leaders accept no responsibility for any claims arising from the activities of the group. All walk leaders must be fully paid-up members of the Ramblers Association. All sporting and leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them and rambling is no exception. In spite of the safety of members being the paramount concern, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important, therefore, that when entering into the activity, each member appreciates that they have a responsibility to identify the hazards and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise the potential for an accident to arise.
The Ramblers’ Association is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company registration number: 4458492. Registered Charity in England and Wales number: 1093577, Scotland no. SC039799. Registered office: 2nd floor, Camelford House, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TW.