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Walk Etiquette

How to behave on the hill

There are few hard and fast rules of behaviour most just fall under the heading of common courtesy.

Here are some suggestions for Dos and Don'ts


  • Do ensure you have read and understood the walk description in it's entirety, and that you are satisfied that your capability matches the level of difficulty the walk will present, consider the worst case scenario and take into consideration the weather conditions forecast.

  • Do ensure you are aware of any restrictions imposed by the land owner or estate where you plan to walk, particularly in the lambing season, the shooting season or where the land is sensitive to human impact for example, a conservation area supporting a fragile environment.

  • Do be considerate when parking, take up as little space as practicable to allow others access to the hills. Pay particular attention on single track roads so as not to cause an obstruction, also be ware of the requirements of large vehicles such as logging trucks who require the full length of a turning point to complete the operation.

  • Do ensure you have had breakfast or some other sustainance before the start of the walk.

  • Do ensure that you have ALL the necessary equipment for the walk and that you have packed sufficient nourishment, water and spare dry clothing to ensure your safety on the hill if hurt or delayed for some other reason.

  • Do inform the organiser if you have any medical conditions before the walk commences and inform them of any medication and it's location within your pack, e.g. inhalers, epipens or pills. This information will be treated in strict confidence. For life threatening conditions you should consult a doctor before venturing into remote areas, hill walking puts great stress on the body and your chances of surviving medical emergencies in the wild are far less than in a city.

  • Do ensure you have exchanged phone numbers with the organiser before the day of the walk. ( it's advisable to exchange by email rather than posting on the walk for reasons of privacy).

  • Do ensure you give adequate warning if you decide not to come on the walk at least 2 or 3 days is sufficient for a day walk and allows others waiting to make travel arrangements in your stead. Less than 2 days should be accompanied by a call/txt or email to the organiser.
    For a weekend away much more notice is required at very least 5 days. There is nothing more galling for those on the waiting list than to have a weekend walk unfilled do to people pulling out at the last moment and not leaving time for others to make travel and accommodation arrangements.

  • Do contact the organiser without fail if you have problems on the day getting to the walk start, if you are going to be late or worse not turn up at all. - it is not enough to change your RSVP at the last moment - text or phone the organiser or someone else on the walk who you can rely on to let the organiser know.

  • Do lookout for your fellow walkers, while you are not directly responsible for others (unless you are acting as their guardian) you have a duty of care to everyone else taking part.

  • Do offer your driver payment towards petrol and do not wait to be asked, it is embarrassing for people to have to chase you for payment and rude not to offer.

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  • Do give way from the path if you're going downhill and meet other walkers coming up.

  • Do step aside and offer those with a faster pace than yourself a chance to pass.

  • Do take ALL your litter home with you and leave the hills as you found them, Even better if you come across the litter of others - remove it from the hill.

  • Do thank the other members who have helped you on the day, the organiser, your lift if you had one or anyone who has lent you gear or helped you in some other way during the walk.

  • Do remember to return all borrowed gear on the day as it is time consuming and costly to meet again to hand it over.




  • Don't be a Blocker, holding a space on a walk and cancelling at the last moment is in most instances just plain selfish. It stops other members getting onto walks. It's a practice that is becoming more common and we can see the individuals responsible. (we understand that a small number of cancellations are inevitable through reasons of work, sickness or family problems) If you don't want to walk in bad weather check out the weather forecast 3 days prior to the walk and cacel at that point, this will allow those who just want to walk, the chance to do so.

  • Don't overestimate your own capabilities, most people do and continue to do so at every step through their hillwalking career. Be realistic when evaluating your own skill and fitness level and ensure these are a close match for the activity you plan to take part in.

  • Don't invade someone else's personal space, for some walking in a group is a matter of safety.

  • Don't stop on the path if you're having a break even a short one, step off the path to allow others to pass.

  • Don't stop on the path to take photographs, it disrupts the rhythm of other walkers, step off the path and let them pass.

  • Don't allow your dog to set the pace of walking for others, if the animal is not able to keep up with the walkers in front, allow other walkers to pass so they can proceed unhindered at their preferred pace.

  • Don't make un-necessary noise, play loud music - the hills are a place of tranquillity for all to enjoy.


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Raising a Safety Issue January 19, 2016 9:43 PM Helen
Safety Log January 19, 2016 9:47 PM Helen
Safety January 19, 2016 9:49 PM Helen
Beginners to Rock Climbing July 15, 2015 11:02 AM Helen
In Case of Emergency March 26, 2013 7:06 AM Ross
No Show Policy January 13, 2014 6:36 PM Helen
Walk Etiquette January 13, 2014 6:37 PM Helen
Membership Benefits May 9, 2014 9:09 AM Helen
Summer Check List January 13, 2014 6:38 PM Helen
Traction Devices February 12, 2015 8:21 PM Helen
Emergency Procedure Advice February 22, 2013 2:49 PM Billy S.
Crampons January 13, 2014 6:39 PM Helen

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