Here are links to articles that leaders might find useful. Some are on the Ramblers website.
Guidelines for walk leaders for G & H Ramblers
Guidelines for programme compilers for G & H Ramblers
Notes for walkers on our walks
Car Park Locations for G & H Ramblers. This lists the names of car parks or areas for parking, the grid references, the OS map numbers (Explorer and Landranger series) and the postcodes.
Leaflet with information about G&H R for visitors. Members can download and print it to hand out to visitors on their walks. It is an A4, two-sided document to be printed in landscape layout (with short-edge binding). It is for folding into three with Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers on the front and the column about the Ramblers on the back.
Navigation and Leadership: Troubleshooting.
This was published in 1994 and there is no longer a link to it on the Ramblers’ website. Much of the contents of the document is still relevant and is worth reading.
It can be useful to record the names of the people on walks and this is recommended by the Ramblers. For walks on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays we use the small red notebooks for each day and pass these on to the leader of the walk the following week. We have two walks on Wednesdays and use sheets of paper to record the attendance. The sheets are then passed to the Walks Programme Coordinator by hand, post or email. An A4 template is available on this website.
Dogs on walks
The Ramblers and the Long Distance Walkers Association have guidelines about dogs on walks. Both point out that leaders can choose whether to allow dogs or not. They know the group and the terrain. If routes pass through an area where dogs are prohibited, e.g. conservation areas, then the wording ‘No dogs allowed’ is legitimate. If the reason is the leader’s preference then the wording should be ‘Registered assistance dogs only’. However, the need for an assistance dog might make the route unsuitable for the owner.
Both the Ramblers and the LDWA recommend that leaders, at the start of walks, draw the attention of dog owners to their responsibilities. A good description is in the Countryside Code of Natural England and DEFRA. They should keep their dog under effective control either by keeping it on a lead or by keeping it in sight at all times as long as they are confident it will return promptly on command. This is to ensure that it does not a) disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people, b) stray off the path or area where walkers have right of access. The owners should clear up any mess made by the dog and dispose of it responsibly.
Routes for walks
For new, experienced and yet-to-be leaders there are plenty of well-described walks in our two books and on the web.
Our publications are:
25 Favourite Walks in West Surrey and Sussex (revised 2010)
Another 25 Favourite Walks in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire (2008)
Copies of the revised edition are still available.