FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Clothing and Such

You will be expected to ensure that you are properly equipped for the grade and length of walk. Even though we expect warm dry weather in August a night of rain prior to the walk may create muddy conditions in low lying areas of the walk. Walking boots or stout shoes are recommended for most country walks. A lightweight waterproof is also useful should unseasonal weather occur on route. A small day sack on the longer walks is a great help for putting all those 'just in case items' in and for putting on or taking off clothing should the weather be variable. An umbrella is also good for shade or rain!

Bring your own Food and Drink

Ensure that you have an adequate supply of water: a litre on a hot day for the longer walks (and a hot drink if you wish), and sufficient food for the length of walk. Some walks break for lunch at a pub or café en route. Short walks generally finish before lunch or start after lunch, so you may only need to bring a snack and water.

Walk Times

Check the times of the walk you wish to attend and ensure you are there at least 15 minutes before the stated time. All walks will aim to leave spot on time!

Follow the Instructions of the Walk Leader

Walk Leaders may refuse to take people who are not properly equipped or prepared. Walk Leaders will decide whether a walk can proceed or be curtailed in the event of adverse weather. Note, many of the walks may have stiles so if that may present a difficulty check with the walk leader. Let the walk leader set the pace. You do this by staying behind the leader!


Dogs may be brought on most walks at the discretion of the Walk Leader, unless stated otherwise in the programme. You must keep your dog on a lead at all times and ensure that it does not get in the way of other walkers. RADO dogs are welcome on all our walks and, should you have any concerns, please contact the Walk Leader.

Payments for Events, Talks and Activities

These are all individually priced; please check the programme carefully and bring along the correct amount at the start of the walk or event. Ramblers, the main sponsor of the festival, are a charity whose aims are to encourage walking. A voluntary donation at the start or end of the walk would be appreciated to help defray the costs associated with the festival

Walk and Ride

Some walks use local buses to either get to the start of a walk or return from a walk. Have the correct fare unless you have the pleasure of a senior citizens travel card! Bus time pertaining to walks is shown on events leaflets and posters and on the travel page of this website