What we're about
Welcome to the West Herts Ramblers. We are part of The Ramblers Association and are happy for you to try out a few walks with us before joining the Ramblers Association.
We are a friendly group with members based mostly, but not exclusively, in the Hemel and St Albans Area. We are keen to encourage new members to join us and to spread the word on the benefits of walking. New members are welcome to join us for a couple of taster walks before committing to membership.
We have at least one walk every Sunday and one Tuesday a month ranging from 3 to 15 miles with most being between 5 and 10 miles. We walk in the beautiful countryside of Herts, Beds and Bucks with occasional forays further afield including London. There is also a programme of social events including pub meals, a quiz, talks and two long weekends away each year.
About Our Walks
We welcome new members and are happy for people to have two or three taster walks before deciding whether or not they want to join us.
If you are new to the group, please introduce yourself to the leader who will make you welcome.
Our walks vary in length between 3 and 16 miles and are usually in Herts, Beds or Bucks though we do venture further afield, for example to London.
Most of the walks are on Sundays with a Tuesday walk about once a month.
We tend to have a tea/coffee stop after about an hour so it is usual to bring a flask or other drink of choice. If a walk is longer than 7 miles there will be a lunch stop. Please bring food with you.
The most essential items are a pair of good walking boots and a waterproof coat plus a backpack for flask/water bottle (and picnic, if required). A walking stick can be useful in muddy places (and occasionally to beat back the nettles!).
As a rough guide we tend to walk at about 2 miles an hour including stops so a 10 mile walk should be completed in 5 hours.
Well behaved dogs are usually welcome on walks but this is at the discretion of the leader. Phone ahead to check if you are unsure. It is important that dogs are kept under proper control, and on leads in areas where livestock are kept and on roads.If you have any questions about a specific walk contact the leader (contact details are in the programme) or contact the Walks Organiser (http://www.westhertsramblers.org.uk/contacts.html) about more general issues.