Leaders very kindly volunteer their time and skills to keep us safe while out walking.
For the day of the walk, the leader is in charge; please do what they ask you to, as it’s for the safety of the group
OBSERVE THE COUNTRYSIDE CODE AT ALL TIMES: LEAVE NOTHING BUT FOOTPRINTS, TAKE NOTHING BUT PHOTOGRAPHS.
Before a Walk:
- Ensure you have the right gear – See the Walkers Gear List here
- Sign the sign in sheet (the leader will have this)
- If getting a lift to the walk, we ask that walkers give €5 toward fuel costs for the driver
- Listen at the walk start to the address given where the walks is described.
- Notify a leader discreetly on the morning of a walk with any medical conditions etc.
- Walkers should wear a high vis if the leader feels it is needed for a particular walk
- When car-pooling, ensure all cars are filled, if perking is limited at the start of the walk
- Hill walking, climbing and rambling are activities that can be dangerous and may result in personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.” (Mountaineering Ireland)
During a Walk
- Walkers must walk in single file on public roads (walk on the right if the group is less than 20 in size, walk on the left if greater than 20)
- When a car is approaching from behind you, you should call out to the person ahead of you to make them aware of the car
- When a car is approaching from ahead of you, you should call out to the person behind you to make them aware of the car
- Keep an eye out for the person walking behind you and be considerate of others
- Stay within earshot and sight of the leader, bearing in mind that you may have to stay closer together in bad weather.
- If a walker wishes to stop (e.g. to put on leggings etc.) while the main group is walking, inform the leader or back marker.
- The leader can extend, curtail or alter the route from that described at the walk start, for the safety of the group and depending on weather on the day.
- Follow leaders’ instructions if a problem or safety issue arises. Differences of opinion can be sorted out afterwards.
- Be aware of and respect farm animals and wildlife
- Show respect for farmers and their land, if you have to climb a gate, climb at the hinge side, one person at a time. Leave gates as you find them (open or closed)
- “If You Bring It In, Take It Out” – take home all litter and leftover food (including tea bags, orange peels, banana skins and other biodegradable foods).
- On leaving a walk for any reason, tell the leader you are leaving the walk
- A walker may need to or may be asked leave the walk by the leader for their own safety and the safety of the group. The leader may appoint someone to accompany them in this situation.
- An ICE (in case of emergency) app on your phone can be useful for storing any medical conditions