This is a friendly sociable Trekking and Hiking group for enthusiastic regular active Adult walkers who have a shared love of the outdoors and the desire to explore new places on foot with like minded people.
The Southwest Trekking and Hiking Group is run on a voluntary basis by a group of friends who are experienced walk hosts who have led hundreds of walks between them.
With walks across the Southwest and into the mountains of Wales, to include the Cotswolds, Wiltshires White Horses, Iron Age Hillforts, to Stonehenge and Avebury, Somerset with the Mendips, Exmoor and coast paths, hills valleys and waterfalls... I hope we will have a great selection of walks for everyone.
Walks are graded as either Leisurely, Moderate, or Strenuous, depending on the difficulty of the terrain, hills, and length of the walk combined, with typical walks ranging between 5 to 12 miles with some as long as 20 miles, depending on the requests of the members. There may also be trips arranged in the future staying away in the Lake District and North Wales.
Terms & Conditions of joining the Southwest Trekking and Hiking Group are listed fully on the separate information Message Board pages from the 'More' drop down menu, but some are listed below, but not limited to these:
You must have a visible profile photo to join the group. (This is preferred to be of yourself and not a group photo, and should NOT be a photo containing children). *** We understand that for many reasons people do not want to be seen/publish a photo of themselves on social media so the group do accept other photos, but you must have the rights to use the photo and not the property of someone else.
You must abide by the advise of the host whilst participating in the events listed.
No form of Discrimination will be tolerated within this group (see full T&Cs on the Message Board Pages)
By requesting to join this group you do so entirely at your own risk and accept that although the leader may be an experienced host, they can not watch all members at all times, and that you are walking with the group of friends by your choice, and you will not do anything, or omit to do something that can endanger yourself or others within the group.
Terrain can be uneven, slippery with trip hazards and there may be stiles to climb over and roads to cross and sometimes walk along. (You are responsible for crossing roads by yourself and not following others without looking for traffic) Suitable footwear and clothing is your responsibility, and although the host reserves the right to refuse you to start the walk, you can not hold the host responsible for injuries you could sustain from your choice of clothing.
Livestock to include Cows, sheep and horses may be in the fields that the Public Footpath or Permitted right of way cross's, and although the public have a right to cross the land, the group and walk host can not be held responsible for how wild animals may react and you should not approach livestock whilst crossing these fields. You are responsible for closing ALL gates behind you, especially where Livestock are present.
If dogs are allowed on a walk, they should be kept on a lead and you are responsible for lifting your dog over stiles if there are no dog access points and you must clean up after your dog if it fouls public paths, footpaths including footpaths across farmers fields. You are responsible for your transport to and from the meeting place and if you choose to lift share it is your decision.
We the Walking Team reserve the right to remove members from the group if they no longer participate in the groups events (Do not log-in and look for 3 months, or do not walk for 6 months)
If you turn off Meetup notifications you can not hold the group responsible for missing event changes such as cancellations or start times due to weather warnings or other similar unplanned reasons.